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What Drives Farmland Conversion: Farm Returns Versus Urban Factors?


  • Kuminoff, Nicolai V.
  • Sumner, Daniel A.


This paper uses an analytical and econometric approach to analyze the farmland conversion process, including the effects of population growth, real estate markets, the agricultural-urban edge, and farm returns. We use a unique county-level dataset on farmland conversion for California that tracks conversions between agricultural, urban and other land uses.

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  • Kuminoff, Nicolai V. & Sumner, Daniel A., 2001. "What Drives Farmland Conversion: Farm Returns Versus Urban Factors?," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20659, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea01:20659

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