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Title: DETERMINANTS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND ABANDONMENT IN POST-SOVIET EUROPEAN RUSSIA
Authors: Prishchepov, Alexander V.
Radeloff, Volker C.
Muller, Daniel
Dubinin, Maxim
Baumann, Matthias
Authors (Email): Prishchepov, Alexander V. (prischchepov@iamo.de)
Keywords: agricultural land abandonment
institutional change
land use change
spatial analysis
logistic regression
remote sensing
Russia
JEL Codes: Q15
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Socio-economic and institutional changes may accelerate land-use and land-cover change. Our goal was to explore the determinants of agricultural land abandonment within one agro-climatic and economic region of post-Soviet European Russia during the first decade of transition from a state-command to market-driven economy (between 1990 and 2000). We integrated maps of abandoned agricultural land derived from 30 m resolution Landsat TM/ETM+ images, environmental and socioeconomic variables and estimated logistic regressions. Results showed that post-Soviet agricultural land abandonment was significantly associated with lower average grain yields in the late 1980s, higher distance from the populated places, areas with low population densities, for isolated agricultural areas within the forest matrix and near the forest edges. Hierarchical partitioning showed that average grain yields in the late 1980s contributed the most in explaining the variability of agricultural land abandonment, followed by location characteristics of the land. While the spatial patterns correspond to the classic micro-economic theories of von Th√ľnen and Ricardo, it was largely the macro-scale driving forces that fostered agricultural abandonment. In the light of continuum depopulation process in the studied region of European Russia, we expect continuing agricultural abandonment after the year 2000.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/115363
Institution/Association: Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO) > IAMO Forum Papers>2011 IAMO Forum, June 23-24, 2011, Halle (Saale), Germany
Total Pages: 18
Collections:2011 IAMO Forum, June 23-24, 2011, Halle (Saale), Germany

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