- Series Information
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Land as an Integrating Theme in Economics
- Integrating Regional Economic Development Analysis and Land Use Economics
- Technology Adoption and Land Use
- Are Large Metropolitan Areas Still Viable?
- Modeling the Land Use Change with Biofuels
- Modeling the Determinants of Farmland Values in the United States
- Land Use and Sustainable Economic Development: Developing World
- The Economics of Wildlife Conservation
- Connecting Ecosystem Services to Land Use: Implications for Valuation and Policy
- Land Use and Climate Change
- Land Use, Climate Change, and Ecosystem Services
- Fire: An Agent and a Consequence of Land Use Change
- Land Use and Municipal Profiles
- An Assessment of Empirical Methods for Modeling Land Use
- Equilibrium Sorting Models of Land Use and Residential Choice
- Landscape Simulations with Econometric-Based Land Use Models
- An Economic Perspective on Agent-Based Models of Land Use and Land Cover Change
- Spatial Econometric Modeling of Land Use Change
- Using Quasi-Experimental Methods to Evaluate Land Policies: Application to Maryland’s Priority Funding Legislation
- Applying Experiments to Land Economics: Public Information and Auction Efficiency in Ecosystem Service Markets
- Open Space Preservation: Direct Controls and Fiscal Incentives
- Land Conservation in the United States
- European Agri-Environmental Policy: The Conservation and Re-Creation of Cultural Landscapes
- Agri-Environmental Policies: A Comparison of US and EU Experiences
- Stigmatized Sites and Urban Brownfield Redevelopment
- Regulatory Takings
- Eminent Domain and the Land Assembly Problem
- Future Research Directions in Land Economics
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
In developing economies, cropland area has continued to expand at the expense of forests, wetlands, and other natural areas. Much of the rural poor—who are growing in number—are concentrated in ecologically fragile and remote areas. The resulting dualistic frontier economy contains a traditional agricultural sector dependent on abundant marginal land and a traded primary products sector that converts scarce natural resources. A model of this economy shows that, as long as there are abundant marginal lands for cultivation, they serve to absorb rural migrants, population increases, and displaced unskilled labor from elsewhere in the economy. Expanding commercial activities that exploit more resources and land will absorb more workers from marginal frontier lands. Although the latter outcome may seem beneficial, it has the tendency to promote boom and bust cycles of economic development.
Edward B. Barbier is the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Finance at University of Wyoming.
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