An Analysis of Livestock Choice: Adapting to Climate Change in Latin American Farms

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S. Niggol Seo

Muaebak Institute of Global Warming Studies

Robert O. Mendelsohn

Yale University - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Yale University

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

The authors explore how Latin American livestock farmers adapt to climate by switching species. They develop a multinomial choice model of farmer's choice of livestock species. Estimating the models across over 1,200 livestock farmers in seven countries, they find that both temperature and precipitation affect the species Latin American farmers choose. The authors then use this model to predict how future climate scenarios would affect species choice. Global warming will cause farmers to switch to beef cattle at the expense of dairy cattle.

Keywords: Livestock & Animal Husbandry, Climate Change, Wildlife Resources, Peri-Urban Communities, Rural Urban Linkages

Suggested Citation

Seo, S. Niggol and Mendelsohn, Robert O., An Analysis of Livestock Choice: Adapting to Climate Change in Latin American Farms (March 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4164. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969241

S. Niggol Seo (Contact Author)

Muaebak Institute of Global Warming Studies ( email )

Seorim-dong
Gwanak-gu
Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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Robert O. Mendelsohn

Yale University - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ( email )

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United States

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United States
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