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Rainfall shocks, resilience and the dynamic effects of crop biodiversity on the productivity of the agroecosystem

Di Falco, Salvatore and Chavas , Jean-Paul (2008) Rainfall shocks, resilience and the dynamic effects of crop biodiversity on the productivity of the agroecosystem. Land Economics, 84 (1). pp. 83-96. ISSN 0023-7639

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Abstract

This paper investigates the dynamic effects of rainfall shocks on agroecosystems productivity. The analysis estimates a panel data model of cereal production in southern Italy. It documents the adverse effects of a reduction in rainfall on the agroecosystem productivity both in the short run and the long run. It investigates how increasing the level of spatial crop diversity can mitigate this negative impact. The empirical evidence shows how higher diversity supports resilience and maintains the system productivity under challenging climatic conditions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/journals/journals/le.html
Additional Information: © 2008 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q2 - Renewable Resources and Conservation > Q24 - Land
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q54 - Climate; Natural Disasters
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q57 - Ecological Economics: Ecosystem Services; Biodiversity Conservation; Bioeconomics
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 12:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35954/

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