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Journal Cover Land Economics
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   ISSN (Print) 0023-7639 - ISSN (Online) 1543-8325
   Published by U of Wisconsin Press Homepage  [10 journals]
  • Measuring the Impact of Multiple Air Pollution Agreements on Global CO2
           Emissions
    • Abstract: International agreements to control transboundary externalities have received increasing attention from policy makers and scholars, driven by the acknowledgement of global problems such as climate change or ozone layer depletion as well as more regional problems associated with acid rain. A common feature of these international treaties is that they are generally designed to control emissions of one single pollutant. For example, the Kyoto Protocol aims at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the main cause of global warming, while more conventional air pollutants (e.g., sulfur dioxide [SO2], nitrogen oxide [NOx], or volatile organic compounds [VOCs]) are the targets of international treaties that follow the ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Preference Refinement in Deliberative Choice Experiments for Ecosystem
           Service Valuation
    • Abstract: The importance of recognizing, demonstrating, and considering ecosystem services in environmental practice and policy assessment has gained considerable attention in the past 10 years (MEA 2005; TEEB 2010; Naturkapital Deutschland TEEB DE 2012; IPBES1). In the policy arena this has led to a substantial interest in the assessment of economic value of ecosystem services, preferably in monetary terms (see the E.U. Biodiversity Strategy 2020, European Commission 2013). In recent years choice experiments (CEs) have gained considerable popularity among researchers for the valuation of nonmarket ecosystem services, due to their capability to obtain preferences for different policy characteristics (attributes) at the same ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Threshold-Level Public Goods Provision with Multiple Units: Experimental
           Effects of Disaggregated Groups with Rebates
    • Abstract: Incentives and institutional structure are known to affect the divergence between individual and collective outcomes for public good provision (Andreoni 1988; Issac, Walker, and Thomas 1984; Samuelson 1954), and knowledge of how individuals respond empirically continues to limit the outcomes supported by mechanisms proposed to generate revenues in support of public goods. The divergence between individually and socially optimal outcomes encourages us to develop mechanisms that enable individuals to act according to their own interests while simultaneously maximizing the total welfare of society. Our paper explores factors that might raise individual contributions substantially compared to traditional voluntary ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Disparate Influence of State Renewable Portfolio Standards on
           Renewable Electricity Generation Capacity
    • Abstract: As of January 2012, 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had enacted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) or other mandated renewable energy policies. Such standards require that electricity producers supply a portion of their electricity from designated renewable resources by a specified future date. The adoption of an RPS policy is motivated by a complex set of political and economic factors, including increasing concerns over climate change and energy security (Yi and Feiock 2012). However, of the several policies typically proposed to promote renewable energy development for electricity generation, RPS are the most frequently advanced policy (Fischer 2010). We examine whether RPS policies are having the ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Can Capital-Energy Substitution Foster Economic Growth?
    • Abstract: The substitution of energy with other production inputs is fundamental to avoid the impact of energy crises and to meet fossil fuel reduction targets while maintaining economic growth. Yet, the ease of substitution between energy and other production inputs is often assumed constant in economic growth theory. However, in light of the rapid innovations in energy-efficient technologies in recent decades,1 a constant elasticity of substitution (CES) between energy and other production inputs seems unlikely. Instead, the relationship between energy and other inputs could be better described by a general production function that allows for a non-constant elasticity of substitution (NCES) between production inputs. In ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Determinants of Forest Degradation under Private and Common Property
           Regimes: The Case of Ethiopia
    • Abstract: Establishing enforceable property rights on forestland is well recognized as an important step toward achieving sustainable forest management (Arnot, Luckert, and Boxall 2011; Owubah et al. 2001; Tucker 1999). Many empirical studies show that unenforceable property rights lead to rapid deforestation (Bohn and Deacon 2000; Deacon 1999; Mendelsohn 1994). However, the debate over whether private or common ownership leads to more sustainable forest management has yet to be resolved (Glück 2002). The early literature on natural resource management suggests that private property regimes are able to efficiently manage natural resources because individual landholders have incentives to conserve such resources (Demsetz ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Military Readiness and Environmental Protection through Cost-effective
           Land Conservation
    • Abstract: In the United States, the federal government owns and manages approximately 28% of the country’s entire land area. Military installations represent a relatively small portion of that area—425 installations comprise approximately 25 million acres (Department of Defense and Fish and Wildlife Service 2001)—but support an unusually large number of rare flora and fauna and the greatest densities of threatened and endangered species of any federal lands (Stein, Scott, and Benton 2008; Boice 2014). The military installations are managed by the Department of Defense (DoD) under the centralized direction of the secretary of defense (Gorte et al. 2012), with a duty not only to ensure and sustain the nation’s military ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Effect of Natural Space on Nearby Property Prices: Accounting for
           Perceived Attractiveness
    • Abstract: It is widely accepted that public natural spaces provide a variety of services that add to the welfare of those who live nearby (Brander and Koetse 2011). This is reflected in property buyers’ willingness to pay higher prices for property near natural space. As a result, natural spaces are capitalized in surrounding property prices. This capitalization indicates the welfare benefits derived by property buyers who live near natural spaces. These benefits are moreover essential to decision-making, both for conserving or creating natural spaces near residential areas, and for residential development planning at particular distances from—or at the cost of—natural spaces. Worldwide, such decisions are increasingly ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Fischler Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and Agricultural
           Land Prices
    • Abstract: Since Ricardo’s (1817) work, a major argument against agricultural support policies has been that government interventions increase land rental and sales prices. Therefore, part of the economic rents created by policy to support active farmers’ incomes is passed through to those who, for example, give up farming and rent out or sell their land. This clearly contradicts the stated objectives of agriculture policy in most developed countries. It might even worsen the situation of active farmers, since costs for an important input factor increase.1Different government programs will impact agricultural land values to different extents. This was first shown by Floyd (1965) in a simple model with one agricultural output ... Read More
      Keywords: Housing; Natural areas; Farms; Agriculture and state; Military bases, American; Conservation of natural resources; Forest degradation; Renewable energy sources; Public goods; Carbon dioxide mitigation; Air quality management; Ecosystem services
      PubDate: 2016-07-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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