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Micro-simulation as a tool to assess policy concerning non-point source pollution: the case of ammonia in Dutch agriculture

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  • Kruseman, Gideon
  • Blokland, Pieter-Willem
  • Bouma, Foppe
  • Luesink, Harry H.
  • Mokveld, Lennard J.
  • Vrolijk, Hans C.J.
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    Non-point source pollution is notoriously difficult to assess. A relevant example is ammonia emissions in the Netherlands. Since the mid 1980s the Dutch government has sought to reduce emissions through a wide variety of measures, the effect of which in turn is monitored using modeling techniques. This paper presents the current generation of mineral emission models from agriculture based on micro-simulation of farms in combination with a spatial equilibrium model for the dispersion of manure from excess regions with high livestock intensities within the country to areas with low livestock intensities. The micro-simulation approach retains the richness in the heterogeneity of farm household decision making that are the core cause of the difficulty of assessing non-point source pollution, while using the best available data to track corresponding pollution. Examples are provided that illustrate the strengths of the modeling framework for both pollution monitoring and environmental policy scenario analyses.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 107th Seminar, January 30-February 1, 2008, Sevilla, Spain with number 6661.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa107:6661

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    Keywords: micro-simulation; spatial equilibrium model; non-point source pollution; Environmental Economics and Policy; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods;

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    1. Orcutt, Guy H., 1990. "From engineering to microsimulation : An autobiographical reflection," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 14(1), pages 5-27, September.
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    1. Gebrezgabher, Solomie A. & Meuwissen, Miranda P.M. & Oude Lansink, Alfons G.J.M., 2014. "A multiple criteria decision making approach to manure management systems in the Netherlands," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 232(3), pages 643-653.

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