Land Conversion, Interspecific Competition and Bioinvasion in a Tropical Ecosystem

Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Forthcoming

Posted: 3 Mar 2008

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Edward B. Barbier

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics

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

Suggested Citation

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

Edward B. Barbier (Contact Author)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Economics ( email )

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1771
United States

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