Accessibility navigation


Sustainable agricultural intensification or Jevons paradox? The role of public governance in tropical South America

Ceddia, M.G., Sedlacek, S., Bardsley, N.O. and Gomez-y-Paloma, S. (2013) Sustainable agricultural intensification or Jevons paradox? The role of public governance in tropical South America. Global Environmental Change, 23 (5). pp. 1052-1063. ISSN 0959-3780

Full text not archived in this repository.

It is advisable to refer to the publisher's version if you intend to cite from this work. See Guidance on citing.

To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.07.005

Abstract/Summary

The process of global deforestation calls for urgent attention, particularly in South America where deforestation rates have failed to decline over the past 20 years. The main direct cause of deforestation is land conversion to agriculture. We combine data from the FAO and the World Bank for six tropical Southern American countries over the period 1970–2006, estimate a panel data model accounting for various determinants of agricultural land expansion and derive elasticities to quantify the effect of the different independent variables. We investigate whether agricultural intensification, in conjunction with governance factors, has been promoting agricultural expansion, leading to a ‘‘Jevons paradox’’. The paradox occurs if an increase in the productivity of one factor (here agricultural land) leads to its increased, rather than decreased, utilization. We find that for high values of our governance indicators a Jevons paradox exists even for moderate levels of agricultural productivity, leading to an overall expansion of agricultural area. Agricultural expansion is also positively related to the level of service on external debt and population growth, while its association with agricultural exports is only moderate. Finally, we find no evidence of an environmental Kuznets curve, as agricultural area is ultimately positively correlated to per-capita income levels.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:33820
Uncontrolled Keywords:Agricultural intensification; Deforestation; Jevons paradox; Governance; Tropical South America
Publisher:Elsevier

University Staff: Request a correction | Centaur Editors: Update this record

Page navigation