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The Effect of Subsistence on Collapse and Institutional Adaptation in Population-resource Societies


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Pezzey, J. and Anderies, J. M., 2002. The Effect of Subsistence on Collapse and Institutional Adaptation in Population-resource Societies. Working Paper. Australian National University.

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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 makes the steady state less stable; 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 _nd that a higher subsistence requirement makes it harder, or often impossible, for adaptation to avoid overshoot and collapse.

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Item Type Reports/Papers (Working Paper)
CreatorsPezzey, J.and Anderies, J. M.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
StatusPublished
ID Code10173

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