nep-res New Economics Papers
on Resource Economics
Issue of 2012‒02‒08
three papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la Republica

  1. A socioecological approach to territorial systems in mediterranean environments By Bragança, Carlos
  2. Beach Quality and Recreational Values: A Pictorialized Stated Preference Analysis of Residents and Tourists By Penn, Jerrod; Hu, Wuyang; Cox, Linda; Kozloff, Lara
  3. Determining the Optimal Location for Collocating a Louisiana Sugar Mill and a New Cellulosic Ethanol Plant By Darby, Paul M.; Mark, Tyler B.

  1. By: Bragança, Carlos (University of Algarve)
    Abstract: Through a socioecological approach we intend to apply to territorial systems a similar interpretation to those currently used in ecosystem’s management. Therefore, we will try to consider a territorial unit as a human ecosystem, being an interaction of natural and social dynamics. The persistence of general problems in spatial planning, particularly in the Algarve region, prompted the search for a more integrated approach, which relies on understanding the structural elements and subsystems tailored, in this case, to the specific characteristics of Mediterranean spatial contexts, where water assumes a preponderant role. Thus, the watersystem and his structuring effect will be the reference that outlines the main prospects for the territory. There will be a theoretical exploration trying to articulate ecological concepts extended to social systems, setting up an evaluation matrix for territorial systems, which constitutes one of the tools in a proposed methodological model for assessing such systems and subsystems. The appliance of the proposed model, or its combination with other alike –‘self-organizing holarchic open systems’, ‘resilience analysis’ or ‘vulnerability assessment’–, can design alternative views in regional spatial planning and frame lines of research over several areas with an evident territorial incidence.
    Keywords: Socioecological Approach; Resilience; Water Management; Spatial Planning
    JEL: Q56
    Date: 2012–01–23
  2. By: Penn, Jerrod; Hu, Wuyang; Cox, Linda; Kozloff, Lara
    Abstract: Much of Hawaiiâs economy relies on its unique marine environments, which are threatened by degradation from stormwater runoff. Using a stated preference method of choice-based conjoint (CBC) analysis, based on stylized photographs, this study examines both residentsâ and visitorsâ marginal value for levels of attributes associated with Hawaiian beach recreation. Each attribute (sand quality, water quality, congestion and water safety conditions) was significant for both residents and tourists, with water quality being the single most important attribute. There is little distinction between resident and tourist marginal value, except for a greater value lost for below average water quality among tourists.
    Keywords: Nonmarket Valuation, WTP, Beach, Environmental Economics and Policy, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2012–02
  3. By: Darby, Paul M.; Mark, Tyler B.
    Abstract: This paper examines the possibility of collocating a cellulosic ethanol processing plant with certain Louisiana sugar mills, chosen based on their strategic locations and cane grinding capacity. The prospective plants are compared based on transportation costs and overall economic performance.
    Keywords: cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, sugarcane, energy cane, bioenergy, Agribusiness, Production Economics, Resource /Energy Economics and Policy, q16, q42,
    Date: 2012

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