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The Effect of Subsistence on Collapse and Institutional Adaptation in Population-resource Societies

John Pezzey () and John M. Anderies ()
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John M. Anderies: Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation, Sustainable Ecosystems, http://cres.anu.edu.au/~pezzey/

Economics and Environment Network Working Papers from Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network

Abstract: We extend the Brander-Taylor model of population and resource development in an isolated society by adding a resource subsistence requirement to people's preferences. This improves plausibility; amplifies population overshoot and collapse, and makes the steady state less stable; and allows for complete cessation of non-harvesting activities, in line with archaeological evidence for many societies. We then use bifurcation techniques to give a global analysis of four types of institutional adaptation: an ad valorem resource tax, and quotas on total resource harvest, total harvest effort and per capita effort. In all cases we find that a higher subsistence requirement makes it harder, or often impossible, for adaptation to avoid overshoot and collapse.

Keywords: population; renewable resources; subsistence; bifurcation; conservation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q20 N57 J10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2002-01
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