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dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Geraldine
dc.contributor.authorHynes, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Eithne
dc.contributor.authorO'Donoghue, Cathal
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Stuart
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-11T15:59:49Z
dc.date.available2011-11-11T15:59:49Z
dc.date.issued2011-07
dc.identifier.citationMurphy, G. (2011). Do farmers in Agri-Environmental schemes make appropriate ecological choices for the habitats on their farms? Modelling the biodiversity undertakings chosen within the Irish Rural Environment Protection Scheme (Working paper no. 175). Galway: Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/2305
dc.description.abstractFarmers participating in agri-environmental schemes (AESs) that are aimed at protecting biodiversity should ideally make decisions relating to the ecological management of their farms based on the habitat types found on their farms. In reality, a variety of economic, demographic, farm and farmer characteristics influence all the management decisions made by farmers, including those relating to AESs. In Ireland, the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) requires that farmers choose at least 2 biodiversity undertakings (BUs) from a menu as part of their AES contract. Using a multinomial logit model, the likelihood of farmers choosing different BUs was estimated using data from the 2007 National Farm Survey as a function of georeferenced habitat data. A comparison is then made between the probable selection of BUs with what would be considered the optimal selection from an ecological perspective. The results indicate that farmers' most likely choices of BUs only sometimes equates with the optimal ecological choices. This highlights deficiencies in the design of REPS, knowledge of which is very timely, given the imminent replacement of REPS by a new AES.en_US
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dc.publisherNational University of Ireland, Galwayen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomics Working Papers;175
dc.subjectEconomicsen_US
dc.subjectHabitat conservationen_US
dc.subjectRural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS)en_US
dc.subjectFarmer behaviouren_US
dc.subjectGeoreferenced habitat dataen_US
dc.titleDo farmers in Agri-Environmental schemes make appropriate ecological choices for the habitats on their farms? Modelling the biodiversity undertakings chosen within the Irish Rural Environment Protection Schemeen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-revieweden_US
dc.contributor.funderIrish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - Rural Stimulus Funden_US
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