Bio-Economic Models applied to Agricultural Systems

This book has the purpose of providing the “state of the arts” concerning bio-economic modelling dealing with agricultural systems. In most cases, the contributions use a methodology combining the use of biophysical and economic models, in all cases, an engineering production function approach is totally or partially applied. This practice is being developed in the last years as a response to concrete policy matters: agricultural policies are increasingly combined with environmental and natural resources policies, and this reality involves the need of an integrated assessment, that current economic models are not able to provide.

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“This book is a collection of articles by European and American researchers on the use of bio-economic models applied to agricultural systems. The objective is ambitious: ‘providing the state of the art’ regarding bio-economic models. … It will be indispensable for researchers in the field of mathematical programming applied to the agricultural sector.” (Filippo Arfini, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 39 (5), December, 2012)

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This book has the purpose of providing the “state of the arts” concerning bio-economic modelling dealing with agricultural systems. In most cases, the contributions use a methodology combining the use of biophysical and economic models, in all cases, an engineering production function approach is totally or partially applied. This practice is being developed in the last years as a response to concrete policy matters: agricultural policies are increasingly combined with environmental and natural resources policies, and this reality involves the need of an integrated assessment, that current economic models are not able to provide.

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