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How much is too much?: Individual biodiversity conservation
Environment and Climate Research center, Ethiopian Development Research Institute.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2019 (English)In: Economics Bulletin, ISSN 1545-2921, E-ISSN 1545-2921, Vol. 39, no 1, p. 247-255Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The individual farmer has little incentive to care about the public good properties of on-farm biodiversity in the formof different crop varieties. There is a common assumption that, because of this, farmers will tend to maintain too littlebiodiversity on their farms compared with the social optimum. However, in developing countries, this assumption doesnot fit with the empirical data: because of poorly functioning insurance markets, farmers tend to maintain a wide rangeof different crop varieties to hedge against weather shocks and other uncertainties. In this paper we develop atheoretical model to account for this apparent contradiction, and show that farmers may in fact even maintain toomuch biodiversity on their farms, compared with the social optimum.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-72374ISI: 000465241400026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-72374DiVA, id: diva2:1274061
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencySwedish Research Council FormasThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-03-08 (oliekm)

Available from: 2018-12-27 Created: 2018-12-27 Last updated: 2019-05-15Bibliographically approved

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