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Chance Constrained Programming Models for Risk-Based Economic and Policy Analysis of Soil Conservation


  • Zhu, Minkang
  • Taylor, Daniel B.
  • Sarin, Subhash C.
  • Kramer, Randall A.


The random nature of soil loss under alternative land-use practices should be an important consideration of soil conservation planning and analysis under risk. Chance constrained programming models can provide information on the trade-offs among pre-determined tolerance levels of soil loss, probability levels of satisfying the tolerance levels, and economic profits or losses resulting from soil conservation to soil conservation policy makers. When using chance constrained programming models, the distribution of factors being constrained must be evaluated. If random variables follow a log-normal distribution, the normality assumption, which is generally used in the chance constrained programming models, can bias the results.

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  • Zhu, Minkang & Taylor, Daniel B. & Sarin, Subhash C. & Kramer, Randall A., 1994. "Chance Constrained Programming Models for Risk-Based Economic and Policy Analysis of Soil Conservation," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(1), pages 58-65, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:23:y:1994:i:01:p:58-65_00

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    1. Segarra, Eduardo & Kramer, Randall A. & Taylor, Daniel B., 1985. "A Stochastic Programming Analysis Of The Farm Level Implications Of Soil Erosion Control," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 17(2), pages 1-8, December.
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