Estimating the user cost of soil erosion in tea smallholdings in Sri Lanka

Herath, Gamini 2001, Estimating the user cost of soil erosion in tea smallholdings in Sri Lanka, Australasian journal of regional studies, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 97-111.

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Title Estimating the user cost of soil erosion in tea smallholdings in Sri Lanka
Author(s) Herath, Gamini
Journal name Australasian journal of regional studies
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 97
End page 111
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1324-0935
Summary Soil erosion in developing countries is a widespread problem causing considerable economic damage. It still remains an intractable problem in many countries. Available research findings on costs of soil erosion indicate them to be high. Soil erosion continues to be a problem due to the difficulties of estimating the economic damages and attendant difficulties in developing effective control policies. This paper considers soil to be a nonrenewable resource and estimates the marginal user costs using a yield damage function. Results indicate user costs to be low for individual farms. The low user costs are due to some of the assumptions made with respect to a number of parameters such as prices of tea, costs, and technological developments. The results also indicate that marginal user costs are sensitive to prices, soil depth and soil loss.
Language eng
Field of Research 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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