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Land Conversion, Interspecific Competition and Bioinvasion in a Tropical Ecosystem


Edward B. Barbier


University of Wyoming - College of Business - Department of Economics and Finance


Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
This paper investigates the relationships among land-use change, biological invasion, and interspecific competition in a tropical ecosystem by linking a behavioral model of land conversion by agriculture and an ecological model of interspecific competition between a native species and an exotic invader. The model is used to examine how relative farm prices and access to forest areas influence land clearing and thus the ability of the invasive species to eliminate the native species. Simulations show that only a 20% rise in relative prices and a 2.75% increase in forest access are necessary for this outcome to occur.

Keywords: biological, invasion, interspecific competition, land clearing, tropical ecosystem, tropical forest

JEL Classification: O13, Q20, Q24

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Date posted: March 3, 2008  

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Barbier, Edward B., Land Conversion, Interspecific Competition and Bioinvasion in a Tropical Ecosystem. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1099461

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Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)
University of Wyoming - College of Business - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )
Dept. 3985
COB, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
United States
307-766-2358 (Phone)
307-766-5090 (Fax)
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