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The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis


  • Mendelsohn, Robert
  • Nordhaus, William D
  • Shaw, Daigee


The authors measure the economic impact of climate on land prices. Using cross-sectional data on climate, farmland prices, and other economic and geophysical data for almost 3,000 counties in the United States, they find that higher temperatures in all seasons except autumn reduce average farm values, while more precipitation outside of autumn increases farm values. Applying the model to a global-warming scenario shows a significantly lower estimated impact of global warming on U.S. agriculture than the traditional production-function approach and, in one case, suggests that, even without carbon dioxide fertilization, global warming may have economic benefits for agriculture. Copyright 1994 by American Economic Association.

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  • Mendelsohn, Robert & Nordhaus, William D & Shaw, Daigee, 1994. "The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(4), pages 753-771, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:84:y:1994:i:4:p:753-71

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