The effect of subsistence on collapse and institutional adaptation in population-resource societies

John C V Pezzey, John Anderies

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Abstract

We extend the Brander-Taylor model of population and resource development in an isolated society by adding a resource subsistence requirement to people's preferences. This improves plausibility; amplifies population overshoot and collapse, and can destabilize the steady state; and allows for complete cessation of non-harvesting activities, in line with archaeological evidence for many societies. We then use bifurcation techniques to give a global analysis of four types of institutional adaptation: An ad valorem resource tax, and quotas on total resource harvest, total harvest effort and per capita effort. In all cases, we find that a higher subsistence requirement makes it harder, or often impossible, for adaptation to avoid overshoot and collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-320
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Bifurcation
  • Conservation
  • Population
  • Renewable resources
  • Subsistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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