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'Land sparing' in a von Thünen framework: theory and evidence from Brazil

Fontes, Francisco and Palmer, Charles ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-179X (2018) 'Land sparing' in a von Thünen framework: theory and evidence from Brazil. Land Economics, 94 (4). pp. 556-576. ISSN 0023-7639

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Identification Number: 10.3368/le.94.4.556


This paper evaluates micro-scale evidence for ‘land sparing’ in a von Thünen framework. A panel dataset of household lots in Rondônia, Brazil is used to test the hypothesis that the closer a household is to market the more likely it will adopt land-sparing patterns of cattle production in response to rising demand for beef and milk. Results from a fixed effects model suggest that, consistent with theory, pasture area declines and forest is spared in lots located closer to market. Other results differ, however, depending on forest type and commodity. Greater initial endowments of forest are associated with more deforestation

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Additional Information: © 2018 University of Wisconsin Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 16:00
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:13

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