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Theorizing Land Cover and Land Use Changes: The Case of Tropical DeforestationThis article addresses land-cover and land-use dynamics from the perspective of regional science and economic geography. It first provides an account of the so-called spatially explicit model, which has emerged in recent years as a key empirical approach to the issue. The article uses this discussion as a springboard to evaluate the potential utility of von Thuenen to the discourse on land-cover and land-use change. After identifying shortcomings of current theoretical approaches to land use in mainly urban models, the article filters a discussion of deforestation through the lens of bid-rent and assesses its effectiveness in helping us comprehend the destruction of tropical forest in the Amazon basin. The article considers the adjustments that would have to be made to existing theory to make it more useful to the empirical issues.
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Walker, Robert (Michigan State Univ. East Lansing, MI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
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Publication: International Regional Science Review
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
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