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Fire, tractors and health in the Amazon: a cost-benefit analysis of fire policy

This talk is part of the Land Economy Departmental Seminar Series. It will be presented by Thiago Morello, Federal University of ABC, São Paulo, Brazil.
When Jan 24, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Room 1
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The paper presents a cost-benefit analysis of policies for replacing agricultural fires for subsidized tractors. Discrete choice and contingent valuation surveys were applied in the Brazilian Amazon to fire-dependent smallholders and urban dwellers exposed to fire pollution. To aggregate individual values, a statistical version of the Hicks-Kaldor test was devised and data confirmed that it improved efficiency assessment by incorporating preference variance. Efficient policy amendments compensated reduced fire use by expanding tractor supply to the maximum level and making tractors arrive without delay in smallholdings. Prioritizing the east of the study region was prescribed by a spatial break-down of analysis.

Thiago Morello is an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of ABC, São Paulo, Brazil, with teaching and supervising responsibilities in the Bsc Economics and the Master program in Economics. Darwin Initiative Fellow, Defra UK, from September 2014-September 2015, hosted by Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. Visiting scholar in the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), Exeter University, from September 2017 to May 2018.

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