EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Mediterranean Desertification and the Economic System

Luca Salvati ()
Additional contact information
Luca Salvati: Sapienza University of Rome and National Council for Research in Agriculture

No 10, Working Papers - Dipartimento di Economia from Dipartimento di Economia, Sapienza University of Rome

Abstract: This paper reviews the role of market, population growth, social issues, developmental policies, and other (minor) economic variables contributing to Mediterranean desertification. These variables were classified as describing the micro-economic and macro-economic factors suitable to assure a better comprehension of the environmental-economic nexus. Micro-economic factors like the higher prices and lower wages in the primary sector, as well as the reduction of off-farm employment reflect some potential causes of LD. It was also argued how technical change, agricultural input prices, and household income may affect land vulnerability but their contribution to this ecological problem is poorly known. On the contrary, the role of macroeconomic factors such as population density, poverty, and environmental policies, although more extensively studied on a qualitative base, was regarded as important but still relatively ambiguous, and needs further quantitative studies. Territorial disparities in land distribution, as well as increasing rural poverty and unsustainable management of soil and water were described as a consequence of the process triggering Mediterranean desertification. The effectiveness of policies aimed at mitigating LD and thus reducing desertification risk was finally discussed.

Keywords: Land degradation; desertification; economic system; micro-economic causes; macro-economic factors; Mediterranean basin (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010, Revised 2010
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr and nep-env
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://dipartimento.dse.uniroma1.it/Economia/Publications/papers/salvati.pdf (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 500 Can't connect to dipartimento.dse.uniroma1.it:80 (A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:des:wpaper:20

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers - Dipartimento di Economia from Dipartimento di Economia, Sapienza University of Rome Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Claudio Sardoni ().

 
Page updated 2021-06-13
Handle: RePEc:des:wpaper:20