Population growth, soil fertility, and agricultural intensification.

  title={Population growth, soil fertility, and agricultural intensification.},
  author={Jeffrey A. Krautkraemer},
  journal={Journal of development economics},
  volume={44 2},
This paper presents a renewable resource model of soil fertility with a nonconvexity in the net benefit function. In this setting, recurring cycles of cropping and fallow can be the optimal soil management strategy. The model is used to illuminate the Boserup discussion of agricultural development, in which population growth leads to agricultural intensification, defined as an increase in cropping frequency. Previous formal models of the Boserup hypothesis focus on the land-labor ratio rather… CONTINUE READING
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