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Amenity Benefits And Public Policy: An Application To The Connecticut Dairy Sector

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  • Lopez, Rigoberto A.
  • Altobello, Marilyn A.
  • Shah, Farhed A.

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This article develops a conceptual framework for analyzing the role of state-level policies towards the dairy sector in the presence of farmland amenity benefits, and applies it to Connecticut. Milk supply, demand and amenity benefit functions are estimated, and three exogenously determined milk prices are considered. The empirical findings show, under each price scenario, the extent to which land is underallocated to the dairy sector if amenity benefits are ignored. Analysis of policy options reveals that a partial production cost subsidy represents the least-cost alternative for attaining the socially optimal solution for the region.

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  • Lopez, Rigoberto A. & Altobello, Marilyn A. & Shah, Farhed A., 1994. "Amenity Benefits And Public Policy: An Application To The Connecticut Dairy Sector," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 26(02), December.
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    1. L. J. Hubbard, 1992. "Two-Tier Pricing For Milk: A Re-Examination," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(3), pages 343-354.
    2. Rigoberto A. Lopez & Farhed A. Shah & Marilyn A. Altobello, 1994. "Amenity Benefits and the Optimal Allocation of Land," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 70(1), pages 53-62.
    3. Gardner, Bruce L., 1994. "Commercial Agriculture in Metropolitan Areas: Economics and Regulatory Issues," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(01), pages 100-109, April.
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    1. Perekhozhuk Oleksandr & Hockmann Heinrich & Fertő Imre & Bakucs Lajos Zoltán, 2013. "Identification of Market Power in the Hungarian Dairy Industry: A Plant-Level Analysis," Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-13, January.
    2. Peterson, Jeffrey M., 1999. "Optimal Agricultural Land Pricing Policies Under Multiple Externalities In A Global Economy," 1999 Annual meeting, August 8-11, Nashville, TN 21613, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Chidmi, Benaissa & Lopez, Rigoberto A. & Cotterill, Ronald W., 2003. "Retail Oligopoly Power And Fluid Milk Prices In Boston," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22107, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    4. Rigoberto A. Lopez & Nataliya Plesha, 2013. "Economic And Sustainability Impacts Of Connecticut’S Public Act 09-229 To Support Dairy Farming," Outreach Reports 17, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.

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