The impact of climate change on crop production in Ghana: A Structural Ricardian analysis
Etwire, Prince M.; Fielding, David; Kahui, Victoria
We apply a Structural Ricardian Model (SRM) to farm-level data from Ghana in order to estimate the impact of climate change on crop production. The SRM explicitly incorporates changes in farmers’ crop selection in response to variation in climate, a feature lacking in many existing models of climate change response in Africa. Two other novel features of our model are an estimate of the response of agricultural profits to differences in land tenure, and a comprehensive investigation of the appropriate functional form with which to model farmers’ responses. This final feature turns out to be important, since estimates of the effect of climate change turn out to be sensitive to the choice of functional form.
Publisher: University of Otago
Series number: 1706
Keywords: Structural Ricardian Model; climate change; Ghana
Research Type: Discussion Paper
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