A computationally convenient diversity measure: Theory and application

Hayri Önal

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This paper introduces a computationally convenient measure of structural diversity based on absolute deviations between relative shares of individual groups forming a community. A conceptual framework is developed, some theoretical properties of the measure are derived, and its close relation to the Shannon index, a widely used diversity measure, is explored. The paper also presents an empirical application involving this measure where optimum harvesting strategies are determined under diversity constraints, and investigates the trade off between economic and environmental objectives for a mixed forest in Indonesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-427
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Optimization
  • Resource management
  • Structural diversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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