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Cost Sharing, Transaction Costs, And Conservation

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  • Lichtenberg, Erik
  • Smith-Ramirez, Ricardo

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Conservation subsidies may be awarded for otherwise profitable projects, in which case they do not improve environmental quality. We show that transaction costs involved in such subsidy programs may induce farmers to reduce the size and scope of conservation projects. An empirical study shows that cost sharing in Maryland has resulted in simpler projects that provide no greater environmental protection. Water quality does not appear to be a goal of cost sharing; farm productivity and political considerations do.

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  • Lichtenberg, Erik & Smith-Ramirez, Ricardo, 2003. "Cost Sharing, Transaction Costs, And Conservation," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22141, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    1. Anderson, John D. & Parkhurst, Gregory M., 2004. "Economic Comparison of Commodity and Conservation Program Benefits: An Example from the Mississippi Delta," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 36(02), August.
    2. Lichtenberg, Erik, 2004. "Some Hard Truths About Agriculture and the Environment," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 33(1), April.

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