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Applied economics of multifunctional agriculture

policies, costs and trends

Nilsson, Fredrik Olof Laurentius (2008). Applied economics of multifunctional agriculture. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:46
ISBN 978-91-85913-79-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The thesis consists of an introduction and four articles that can be read independently of each other. Article 1: "Biodiversity on Swedish pastures: Estimating biodiversity production costs", estimates the costs of producing biological diversity on Swedish permanent grasslands. A simple model is introduced where biodiversity on pastures is produced using grazing animals. In the article, biological diversity is considered a quantitative measure where a given quantity can be produced either by a small area with high quality or a larger area with lower quality. Box-Cox transformations are used in the empirical analysis and the results indicate that the biodiversity production costs differ between the two investigated regions. Article 2: "Transaction Costs and Agri-Environmental Policy Measures: are Preferences Influencing Policy Implementation?", investigates the transaction cost determinants of a Swedish agri-environmental policy measure. The problem is whether unavoidable 'economic factors' drive the transaction costs, or if potentially avoidable 'political factors' have an undue impact. Although initial results indicate that the share of voters voting for particular political configurations influences the level of transaction costs, the extreme bounds analysis shows that only the economic variables are robust with respect to model specifications. Article 3: "Multifunctionality – what does the literature tell us?", surveys the literature on multifunctional agriculture. It is shown i.a. that the level of transaction costs has to be considered when developing policies, that even optimal policies may be controversial from a trade perspective and that the spatial variation both in production and values should be accounted for. Article 4: "Are the Mediterranean countries competitive in fresh fruit and vegetable exports?", investigates the competitiveness of ten Mediterranean countries' fruit and vegetable sectors, utilizing various indicators and the results of a constant market share analysis. The results show that the competitiveness generally has declined in the 1990s and that the countries do not fully utilize their potentials.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Fredrik Olof Laurentius
Title:Applied economics of multifunctional agriculture
Subtitle:policies, costs and trends
Year of publishing :2008
Volume:2008:46
Number of Pages:41
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLI Nilsson, Fredrik O.L. (2007). Biodiversity on Swedish pastures: Estimating biodiversity production costs. Journal of Environmental Management In Press doi:10.1016⁄j.jenvman.2007.08.015. II Nilsson, Fredrik O.L. Transaction Costs and Agri-Environmental Policy Measures: are Preferences Influencing Policy Implementation. Submitted Manuscript. III Nilsson, Fredrik O.L. Multifunctional Agriculture – What does the literature tell us? Submitted Manuscript. IV Nilsson, Fredrik O.L., Lindberg, Emma and Surry, Yves (2007). Are the Mediterranean countries competitive in fresh fruit and vegetable exports? Food Economics – Acta Agricult Scand C. 4: 203-216.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85913-79-4
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:agriculture, economic policies, public services, land use, pastures, biodiversity, costs, fruits, vegetables, exports, economic competition, mediterranean region, sweden
Keywords:Multifunctionality, fruit, vegetable, constant market share, biodiversity, pasture, production costs, public good, transaction costs, extreme bounds analysis
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2248
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-2248
ID Code:1768
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Fredrik Nilsson
Deposited On:14 May 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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