Vol. 7 No. 2 (2018)
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Climate change and variations in mountain pasture values in the central-eastern Italian Alps in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Marco Avanzini
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, C.so del Lavoro e della Scienza 3, I-38123, Trento, Italy
Isabella Salvador
University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management, Via Inama 5, I-38122 Trento, Italy
Geremia Gios
University of Trento, Department of Economics and Management, Via Inama 5, I-38122 Trento, Italy
Published December 18, 2019
Keywords
  • grazing lands,
  • climate changes,
  • Italian Alps
How to Cite
Avanzini, M., Salvador, I., & Gios, G. (2019). Climate change and variations in mountain pasture values in the central-eastern Italian Alps in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Bio-Based and Applied Economics, 7(2), 97-116. https://doi.org/10.13128/bae-7670

Abstract

This study investigates variations in pasture lease rents during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a sector of the Italian Alps and how these correlate with climate changes. Analysis of the rents in the three data sets clearly demonstrates a sharp increase over the period considered, which can generally be ascribed to increased human pressure following population growth during the same period. Oscillations in the values obtained for fifty-year periods between the last half of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth suggest a strong connection with environmental and climatic factors. Increases or decreases in temperature seem to have a less marked and less direct effect on the values of grazing lands close to the upper limit of vegetation, while socio-economic and infrastructural signals impinge significantly on climate signals on the grazing lands at lower altitudes.

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