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Making the commons work: conservation and cooperation in Ireland

Di Falco, Salvatore and Thomas M, van Rensburg (2008) Making the commons work: conservation and cooperation in Ireland. Land Economics, 84 (4). pp. 620-634. ISSN 0023-7639

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Identification Number: 10.3368/le.84.4.620


Commonage represents land held under common property that incorporates a system of local cooperative arrangements and rules to conserve and manage the Irish uplands. We analyze the institutional and economic factors that influence the behavior of commonage farmers under a common property regime using a recursive bivariate probit model. Results show that (1) cooperation has a positive and important impact on commonage conservation; (2) agricultural policies by way of livestock premia increase the level of degradation; while (3) farm financial support through agri-environment measures positively affects commonage conservation and encourages cooperation between farmers.

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Additional Information: © 2008 University of Wisconsin Press
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2012 11:52

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