Making the commons work: conservation and cooperation in ireland
Di Falco, S.
van Rensburg, T. M.
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Di Falco, S. van Rensburg, T. M. (2008). Making the commons work: conservation and cooperation in ireland. Land Economics 84 (4), 620-634
Commonage represents land held under common property that incorporates a system of local cooperative arrangements and rides to conserve and manage the Irish uplands. We analyze the institutional and economic factors that influence the behavior of commonage farmers under a common property regime using a recursive bivariate probit model. Results show that (1) cooperation has a positive and important impact on commonage conservation; (2) agricultural policies by way of livestock premia increase the level of degradation while (3) farm financial support through agri-environment measures positively affects commonage conservation and encourages cooperation between formers.