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Refining spatial resolution and spillovers of a micro-econometric analysis of adapting portfolios to climate change using the global positioning system

S. Niggol Seo

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 2013, vol. 18, issue 7, 1019-1034

Abstract: This paper refines the spatial resolution and spillover effects of a micro-econometric analysis of adaptation of agricultural portfolios to climate change using the Global Positioning System (GPS). From the household surveys collected across South America by the World Bank, the GPS recordings of exact farm locations such as latitude, longitude, and altitude are matched with high resolution grid cell climate data from the Climate Research Unit as well as geographically referenced soils and geography data from the Food and Agriculture Organization. The choice of agricultural systems at the farm level is estimated using spatial Logit model and the conditional land value is estimated for each system of agriculture after correcting for selection bias and spatial spillovers. Future choices and land values are simulated using the fine resolution climate scenarios by the UKMO (United Kingdom Meteorological Office) and GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies). This paper finds that, under the UKMO HadGEM1 (Hadley Center Global Environmental Model 1) scenario by around 2060, the choices of the specialized systems are expected to fall, but the mixed system would increase. The land value of the crops-only falls by 29 %, but the mixed system land value falls only by 12 %. Under a milder GISS ER (ModelE-R) scenario, the land value of the mixed system increases by 6 %. With full adaptations of agricultural systems, the expected land value falls by 17 %. Without adaptations, the damage increases. This paper demonstrates that adaptation behaviors can be best studied by a fine resolution micro-econometric analysis of agricultural portfolios using the GPS reference. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

Keywords: Climate change; Global positioning system; Micro-econometrics; Agricultural systems; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s11027-012-9405-3

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