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Impacts of Regional Growth on Farmland Development in the Northeast U.S

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  • Yohannes Hailu

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    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Cheryl Brown

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    (Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

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    This study models the relationship between regional growth and agricultural land development in the Northeast United States. A system of simultaneous equations is estimated using three-stage-least squares on county-level data. Results indicate that regional growth puts upward pressure on agricultural land values and downward pressure on the stock of agricultural land. Farm performance and some farmland protection policies were not effective in limiting farmland development.

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    Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 200701.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:200701

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    Keywords: regional growth; agricultural land development; Northeast United States;

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