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The Distributional Effects Of Land Controls In Agriculture

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  • Rausser, Gordon C.
  • Zilberman, David
  • Just, Richard E.

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The paper introduces a framework for analyzing the impacts of land control programs on agricultural production under heterogenous land qualities, heterogenous production technologies and imperfect capital markets. It shows that the introduction of diversion programs tends to benefit land owners while harming operators. Moreover, it tends to increase the separation of land ownership and operation and increase concentration among operators. Diversion programs tend to raise land prices lass than proportional to the increases in rental rates. They encourage the adoption of yield increasing technologies, and may also encourage adoption of cost reducing technologies when credit is a binding constraint. Participation in voluntary government programs tends to be greater in regions with higher costs, less efficient marginal technology and less efficient marginal land.

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  • Rausser, Gordon C. & Zilberman, David & Just, Richard E., 1984. "The Distributional Effects Of Land Controls In Agriculture," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 9(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32138
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    1. Spreen, Thomas H., 2006. "Price Endogenous Mathematical Programming Models and Trade Analysis," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(02), August.
    2. Just, Richard E. & Zilberman, David D. & Rausser, Gordon C., 1982. "The role of governmental policy in agricultural land appreciation and wealth accumulation," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1g0474c0, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
    3. Rausser, Gordon C. & Zilberman, David D., 1982. "The distributional impacts of agricultural programs," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt791554g4, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
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    1. Foster, William E. & Babcock, Bruce A., 1993. "Commodity Policy, Price Incentives, And The Growth In Per-Acre Yields," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 25(01), July.
    2. Just, Richard E. & Zilberman, David D. & Rausser, Gordon C., 1982. "The role of governmental policy in agricultural land appreciation and wealth accumulation," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1g0474c0, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
    3. Kym Anderson & Gordon Rausser & Johan Swinnen, 2013. "Political Economy of Public Policies: Insights from Distortions to Agricultural and Food Markets," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 51(2), pages 423-477, June.
    4. Bucholtz, Shawn & Roberts, Michael J., 2002. "Slippage Or Spurious Correlation: An Analysis Of The Conservation Reserve Program," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19714, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    5. Runge, C. Ford, 1994. "Designing Green Support: Incentive Compatibility And The Commodity Programs," Working Papers 14462, University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy.
    6. Brooks, Harvey G., 1990. "Three studies in economics," ISU General Staff Papers 1990010108000010481, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    7. Lichtenberg, Erik, 2002. "Agriculture and the environment," Handbook of Agricultural Economics,in: B. L. Gardner & G. C. Rausser (ed.), Handbook of Agricultural Economics, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 23, pages 1249-1313 Elsevier.
    8. Epplin, Francis M., 1997. "Wheat Yield Response To Changes In Production Practices Induced By Program Provision," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 22(02), December.
    9. Lynch, Sarah, 1994. "Designing Green Support Programs," Policy Studies Program Reports, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, number 134111.
    10. Zilberman, David D. & Rausser, Gordon C., 1981. "Comments on Richard Day's "Farm output decisions and adaptive economic behavior: recent theoretical considerations"," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt24g285n6, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.

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