Determinants of Land Use in Amazonia: A Fine-Scale Spatial Analysis

Posted: 20 Oct 2003

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Kenneth M. Chomitz

World Bank, Independent Evaluation Group

Timothy S. Thomas

World Bank

Abstract

Wetter areas of the Amazon basin exhibit lower rates of agricultural conversion. Previous analyses, using relatively aggregate data on land cover, have been unable to determine the extent to which this reflects limited access versus unfavorable agroclimatic conditions. This article uses census-tract level data for the Brazilian Amazon to relate forest conversion and pasture productivity to precipitation, soil quality, infrastructure and market access, proximity to past conversion, and protection status. The probability that land is used for agriculture or intensively stocked with cattle declines markedly with increasing rainfall, other things equal.

Suggested Citation

Chomitz, Kenneth M. and Thomas, Timothy Scott, Determinants of Land Use in Amazonia: A Fine-Scale Spatial Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85, pp. 1016-1028, November 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=457782

Kenneth M. Chomitz (Contact Author)

World Bank, Independent Evaluation Group ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Timothy Scott Thomas

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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