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Agricultural Land Elasticities in the United States and Brazil

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  • Barr, Kanlaya Jintanakul
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    The elasticity of aggregate supply of cropland is one key to understandingthe degree to which policy-induced increases in demand for biofuel feedstocksor agricultural CO2 offsets will result in higher prices or expanded cropproduction. We report land supply elasticities for the United States and Brazilestimated directly from recent changes in planted crop acreage and estimatedchanges in expected returns. The resulting aggregate implied land-use elasticitieswith respect to price are quite inelastic in the United States and Brazil elasticitieshave declined sharply in recent years. The estimated elasticities imply that currentestimates of land-based CO2 emissions from biofuels expansion may be overstated

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    Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 34893.

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    Date of creation: 08 Nov 2011
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    Publication status: Published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 2011, vol. 33 no. 3, pp. 449-462
    Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:34893

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    Keywords: agricultural land elasticity; Brazil crop production; U.S. aggregate land supply elasticity;

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    1. Hendricks, Nathan P. & Smith, Aaron D., 2012. "Comparing the Bias of Dynamic Panel Estimators in Multilevel Panels: Individual versus Grouped Data," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 124548, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Sharp, Benjamin E. & Miller, Shelie A., 2014. "Estimating maximum land use change potential from a regional biofuel industry," Energy Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 261-269.
    3. Yang, Jun & Huang, Jikun & Msangi, Siwa & Rozelle, Scott & Weersink, Alfons, 2013. "The Role of Cultivated Land Expansion on the Impacts to Global Agricultural Markets from Biofuels," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C., Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 149614, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. Mann, Michael L. & Kaufmann, Robert K. & Bauer, Dana Marie & Gopal, Sucharita & Nomack, Mallory & Womack, Jesse Y. & Sullivan, Kerry & Soares-Filho, Britaldo S., 2014. "Pasture conversion and competitive cattle rents in the Amazon," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 182-190.

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