The Management of Fragile Resources: A Long Term Perspective

Yacov Tsur, Amos Zemel

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Excessive exploitation diminishes the capacity of natural resources to withstand environmental stress, increasing their vulnerability to extreme conditions that may trigger abrupt changes. The onset of such events depends on the coincidence of random environmental conditions and the resource state (determining its resilience). Examples include species extinction, ecosystem collapse, disease outburst and climate change induced calamities. The policy response to the catastrophic threat is measured in terms of its effect on the long-term behavior of the resource state. To that end, the L-methodology, developed originally to study autonomous systems, is extended to non-autonomous problems involving catastrophic threats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-655
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Catastrophic threats
  • Endogenous discounting
  • Extreme events
  • Stability
  • Steady state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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