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Climate Change And Agriculture

An Economic Analysis of Global Impacts, Adaptation and Distributional Effects

Robert Mendelsohn , Ariel Dinar

Robert Mendelsohn, Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forestry Policy, School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and School of Management, Yale University, New Haven, US and Ariel Dinar, Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and Director, Water Science and Policy Center, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, US

2009 256 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 670 1
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 223 9

Hardback £78.00 on-line price £70.20


Series: New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

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‘The specific focus of this seminal work is on the economic impact of climate change on agriculture world wide, and how faced with the resultant environmental alterations, agriculture might adapt under varied and varying conditions. Enhanced with a detailed and comprehensive index, Climate Change and Agriculture is highly recommended for academic library environmental studies and economic studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.’
– The Midwest Book Review


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Despite its great importance, there are surprisingly few economic studies of the impact of climate on agriculture and how agriculture can adapt under a variety of conditions. This book examines 22 countries across four continents, including both developed and developing economies. It provides both a good analytical basis for additional work and solid results for policy debate concerning income distributional effects such as abatement, adaptation, and equity.

Agriculture and grazing are a central sector in the livelihood of many people, particularly in developing countries. This book uses the Ricardian method to examine the impact of climate change on agriculture. It also quantifies how farmers adapt to climate. The findings suggest that agriculture in developing countries is more sensitive to climate than agriculture in developed countries. Rain-fed cropland is generally more sensitive to warming than irrigated cropland and cropland is more sensitive than livestock. The adaptation to climate change results reveal that farmers make many adjustments including switching crops and livestock species, adopting irrigation, and moving between livestock and crops. The results also reveal that impacts and adaptations vary a great deal across landscapes, suggesting that adaptation policies must be location specific. Finally, the book suggests a research agenda for the future.

Economists in academia and the public sector, policy analysts and development agencies will find this broad study illuminating.

Full table of contents

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Role of Climate in Agricultural Production 3. Literature Review of Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture 4. The Ricardian Method 5. Modeling Adaptation to Climate Change 6. Structural Ricardian Models 7. Ricardian Analyses of Aggregate Data 8. Ricardian Models of Individual Farms 9. Adaptation Studies 10. Structural Ricardian Studies 11. Summary of Results 12. Policy Implications and Future Research Needs Index

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