Effects of Land Markets on Competition Between Innovators and Imitators in Land Use: Results from FEARLUS-ELMM

Effects of Land Markets on Competition Between Innovators and Imitators in Land Use: Results from FEARLUS-ELMM

J. Gary Polhill (Macaulay Institute, UK), Dawn C. Parker (George Mason University, USA) and Nicholas M. Gotts (Macaulay Institute, UK)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-522-1.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter explores the effects of a more realistic agent-based land exchange mechanism on the relative competitive success of innovative and imitative strategies for selecting land uses, using the FEARLUS-ELMM model. A key question in our investigation is whether land use decision strategies can be studied in isolation from land market exchange decision strategies. Results derived via computational experiments show that land market modelling decisions do affect outcomes, improving to an extent the relative success of innovators. We also conclude that further additions are needed to our model, and finally, we question whether a “big bang” strategy may have been more effective than our step-by-step evolution to the land market model, which was chosen to facilitate comparison to results derived from the original FEARLUS.

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