Land Cover in a Managed Forest Ecosystem: Mexican Shade Coffee

Posted: 29 Jan 2008

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Allen Blackman

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

H. J. Albers

Oregon State University - Applied Economics/FES

Beatriz Ávalos-Sartorio

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lisa Crooks Murphy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Managed forest ecosystems like shade coffee supply valuable ecological services. Yet little is known about the drivers and characteristics of clearing in such systems. We present a spatial econometric analysis of land cover in a shade coffee region in southern Mexico. We find that plots close to large cities are less likely to be cleared all other things being equal - the opposite of the pattern usually observed in natural forests. In addition, we find that membership in coffee-marketing cooperatives, farm size, and certain soil types are associated with tree cover, while proximity to small town centers is associated with clearing.

Suggested Citation

Blackman, Allen and Albers, Heidi J. and Ávalos-Sartorio, Beatriz and Murphy, Lisa Crooks, Land Cover in a Managed Forest Ecosystem: Mexican Shade Coffee. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, No. 1, pp. 216-231, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1087634 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.01060.x

Allen Blackman (Contact Author)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

Heidi J. Albers

Oregon State University - Applied Economics/FES ( email )

RIchardson 336
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Beatriz Ávalos-Sartorio

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lisa Crooks Murphy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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