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Climate, Water, and Agriculture

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  • Robert Mendelsohn
  • Ariel Dinar

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This study explores the interaction between climate, water, and agriculture. We test whether surface water withdrawal can help explain the variation of farm values across the United States and whether adding these variables to the standard Ricardian model changes the measured climate sensitivity of agriculture. The paper finds that the value of irrigated cropland is not sensitive to precipitation and increases in value with temperature. Finally, the paper finds that sprinkler systems are used primarily in wet cool sites, whereas gravity and especially drip systems help compensate for higher temperatures. These results indicate that irrigation can help agriculture adapt to global warming.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 328-341

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:79:y:2003:i:3:p:328-341

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  1. Emanuele Massetti & Robert Mendelsohn, 2011. "Estimating Ricardian Models With Panel Data," Climate Change Economics (CCE), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 2(04), pages 301-319.
  2. Pradosh Nath & Bhagirath Behera, 2011. "A critical review of impact of and adaptation to climate change in developed and developing economies," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 141-162, February.
  3. Molua, Ernest L. & Benhin, James & Kabubo-Mariara, Jane & Ouedraogo, Mathieu & El-Marsafawy, Samia, 0. "Global climate change and vulnerability of African agriculture: implications for resilience and sustained productive capacity," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, vol. 49.
  4. Seo, Niggol & Mendelsohn, Robert & Dinar, Ariel & Kurukulasuriya, Pradeep & Hassan, Rashid, 2008. "Long-term adaptation : selecting farm types across agro-ecological zones in Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 4602, The World Bank.
  5. Joelle SAAD-LESSLER & George TSELIOUDES, 2009. "Storms, Climate Change, and the US Economy: A National Analysis," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 9(1).
  6. Fleischer, Aliza & Lichtman, Ivgenia & Mendelsohn, Robert, 2007. "Climate change, irrigation, and Israeli agriculture : will warming be harmful ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 4135, The World Bank.
  7. Marcella Veronesi & Salvatore Di Falco, 2012. "How Can African Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change? A Counterfactual Analysis from Ethiopia," Working Papers, University of Verona, Department of Economics 14/2012, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
  8. Seo, S. Niggol & Mendelsohn, Robert & Dinar, Ariel & Hassan, Rashid & Kurukulasuriya, Pradeep, 2008. "A ricardian analysis of the distribution of climate change impacts on agriculture across agro-ecological zones in Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 4599, The World Bank.
  9. Richardson, Robert B., 2011. "Ecosystem Services and Food Security: Economic Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability," Food Security International Development Working Papers, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics 98782, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
  10. Schlenker, Wolfram & Hanemann, W. Michael & Fisher, Anthony C., 2004. "Will U.S. Agriculture Really Benefit from Global Warming? Accounting for Irrigation in the Hedonic Approach," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley qt65s781bh, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  11. Zhou, Li & Turvey, Calum G., 2014. "Climate change, adaptation and China's grain production," China Economic Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 72-89.
  12. Marco Zitti & Adele Sateriano & Luca Salvati, 2013. "Agricultural Profitability And Susceptibility To Soil Degradation In A Changing Mediterranean Landscape," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 7(1), pages 81-102, JUNE.
  13. Viljoen, Machiel F., 2006. "Bridging the economic divide in South African agriculture by improving access to natural resources," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 45(1), March.
  14. Mendelsohn, Robert & Dinar, Ariel & Basist, Alan & Kurukulasuriya, Pradeep & Ihsan Ajwad, Mohamed & Kogan, Felix & Williams, Claude, 2004. "Cross-sectional analyses of climate change impacts," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 3350, The World Bank.

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