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Cover for What is economics?

This chapter discusses the essence of economics, explaining the concepts of opportunity costs, scarcity, the objectives of choice, and the mechanisms of allocating scarce resources. The scientific approach to economics is also discussed, as well as the problems faced by scientific economists.

Author(s)
Hill, B.
ISBN
2014 CABI (H ISBN 9781780644752)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The economics of tourism.

One of the first topics addressed in this chapter is the nature of an 'industry' and the related question of whether tourism can be considered to be an industry. This leads into concepts such as commodities and the challenges of measuring the economic magnitude of tourism and its contributions to...

Author(s)
Robinson, P.; Lück, M.; Smith, S.
ISBN
2013 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642970)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Cost management.

This chapter explores the concept of cost management in the tourism, hospitality and events (THE) facilities context. The chapter notes the importance of costs at both a tangible and intangible level. This includes the cost of physical resources such as equipment and materials, in addition to the...

Author(s)
Alonso, A. D.; O'Shea, M.; Krajsic, V.
ISBN
2013 CABI (H ISBN 9781780640341)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Agri-environment schemes and sustainable farmland management: a farm level assessment of the economic costs and benefits.

This chapter explores farm-level economic considerations that have an important bearing on the financial incentive for farmers to participate in agri-environment schemes. It does this by examining the evidence from three case study farms in the UK, all of which were all-lowland farms with a mix of...

Author(s)
Jones, J.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845933517)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for What is economics and how is it useful?

For the purposes of this book on the economics of animal health and production, this chapter defines economics as the study of making rational choices/decisions in the allocation of scarce resources for the achievement of competing goals. Some underlying economic concepts that are important to...

Author(s)
Rushton, J.
ISBN
2008 CABI (H ISBN 9781845931940)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Less-favoured areas: looking beyond agriculture towards ecosystem services.

This chapter contributes to the discussion on new policy options for less-favoured areas (LFAs) by presenting a set of conceptual ideas in directing policy strategy development for alleviating the constraints faced by land users in these regions. Using drylands as an example, the chapter first...

Author(s)
Lipper, L.; Pingali, P.; Zurek, M.
ISBN
2007 CABI (H ISBN 9781845932770)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Costs and economics.

This chapter presents examples which would have benefited from lateral thinking at the planning and economic evaluation stage. The examples given are: (i) the hidden costs in small-scale irrigation projects; (ii) the cost of failure; (iii) the cost of good supervision; (iv) spending money on...

Author(s)
Laycock, A.
ISBN
2007 CABI (H ISBN 9781845932633)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Using payments for environmental services (PES) to assist in watershed management.

This chapter briefly reviews the logic behind payments for environmental services (PES) and examines the potential for using a PES programme to address environmental and poverty concerns in the Manupali watershed in the Philippines. It is indicated that PES is not a universal solution to...

Author(s)
Pagiola, S.; Angeles, M. delos; Shively, G.
ISBN
2005 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851999128)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Social and economic considerations in the design and implementation of integrated pest management in developing countries.

This chapter highlights key socioeconomic factors that affect farmer adoption of integrated pest management (IPM); identifies economic considerations (opportunity cost of pesticide use, uncertain benefits and positive marginal returns, and economic thresholds) that explain farmers' behaviour and...

Author(s)
Maumbe, B.; Bernsten, R.; Norton, G.
ISBN
2003 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851996523)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Liquidity and soil management: evidence from Madagascar and Niger.

The main contention of this paper is that the adoption of natural resource management techniques that require an investment in cash or other resources depends not simply on the absolute profitability of the investment, but also on its relative profitability within the diverse activities undertaken...

Author(s)
Wyatt, T. J.
ISBN
2002 CABI Publishing (H ISBN 9780851995847)
Type
Book chapter

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