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Measuring Indirect Land Use Change with Biofuels: Implications for Policy

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  • Madhu Khanna

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    (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and
    Energy Biosciences Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 68101)

  • Christine L. Crago

    ()
    (Energy Biosciences Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 68101)

Abstract

The indirect land use change (ILUC) effect of biofuels has called into question the greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation benefit of biofuels compared with that of fossil fuels. This article reviews the various economic modeling approaches being used to assess the ILUC effect and discusses the key factors that influence estimates of its magnitude. We find that there is considerable variability in the magnitude of ILUC associated with a biofuel pathway across studies and within a study, depending on underlying model parameters. These estimates are sensitive to the scale of biofuel production, the mix of policies and biofuels considered, variations in the parametric assumptions that govern price transmission through international trade, and the ease of changes in land use at the intensive and extensive margins. We discuss the challenges in implementing policies to address ILUC.

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Article provided by Annual Reviews in its journal Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (08)
Pages: 161-184

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Handle: RePEc:anr:reseco:v:4:y:2012:p:161-184

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Keywords: economic models; GHG emissions; general equilibrium models; partial equilibrium models;

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  1. Crago, Christine Lasco & Khanna, Madhu, 2014. "Carbon abatement in the fuel market with biofuels: Implications for second best policies," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 67(2), pages 89-103.
  2. Mooney, Daniel F. & Barham, Bradford L. & Lian, Chang, 2013. "Sustainable Biofuels, Marginal Agricultural Lands, and Farm Supply Response: Micro-Evidence for Southwest Wisconsin," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150510, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. Chen, Xiaoguang & Huang, Haixiao & Khanna, Madhu & ├ľnal, Hayri, 2014. "Alternative transportation fuel standards: Welfare effects and climate benefits," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 67(3), pages 241-257.
  4. Hochman, Gal & Zilberman, David, 2014. "Climate change and balance of trade," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt87d2b3kx, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.

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