Common property and uncertainty: compensating coalitions by Mexico's pastoral ejidatarios

P. N. Wilson, G. D. Thompson

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Half of the agricultural land in Mexico is controlled by organized community groups: comunidades and ejidos. Ejidos, groups that hold property in common, control approximately 40% of the agricultural land. This paper selected a group of ejidos on the "extensive margin' and analyzed family-level decision making within an environment of ecological and behavioral uncertainty. It argued that agricultural production in semiarid and arid zones requires resource mobility, particularly the freedom to graze livestock throughout a large, extensive land area. It also concludes that the breakdown in ejido productivity on these extensive, livestock-herding areas is due to a deterioration in property management at the community level. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-318
Number of pages20
JournalEconomic Development & Cultural Change
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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