The Diffusion of Cattle Ranching and Deforestation – Prospects for a Hollow Frontier in Mexico’s Yucatán

32 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2011

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Christopher Busch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Colin Vance

Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

This article investigates the behavioral drivers of pasture creation and associated implications for deforestation in a 22,000 km2 agricultural frontier spanning the base of Mexico‘s southern Yucatán. After developing a theoretical model that highlights the role of social networks and information spillovers with respect to the decision to begin cattle ranching, we use household data to estimate an econometric duration model of the determinants of pasture creation. Although pasture fi ts well with the typical household‘s resource constraints, its continued expansion contributes to a hollow frontier dynamic in which the spread of low-value cattle ranching coincides with decreasing population.

Keywords: Pasture creation, information spillovers, duration analysis, farm households

JEL Classification: Q15, R22

Suggested Citation

Busch, Christopher and Vance, Colin, The Diffusion of Cattle Ranching and Deforestation – Prospects for a Hollow Frontier in Mexico’s Yucatán (February 1, 2011). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 242. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1777002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1777002

Christopher Busch

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Colin Vance (Contact Author)

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