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Ex-ante evaluation of tightening environmental policy: the case of mineral use in Dutch agriculture

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  • Kruseman, Gideon
  • Blokland, Pieter-Willem
  • Luesink, Harry H.
  • Vrolijk, Hans C.J.

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Non-point source pollution is notoriously difficult to asses. A relevant example is mineral emissions in the Netherlands. Since the mid 1980s the Dutch government has sought to reduce emissions through a wide variety of measures, the effect of which in turn is monitored using modeling techniques. This paper presents the current generation of mineral emission models from agriculture based on microsimulation of farms in combination with a spatial equilibrium model for the dispersion of manure from excess regions with high livestock intensities within the country to areas with low livestock intensities. The micro-simulation approach retains the richness in the heterogeneity of farm household decision making that are the core cause of the difficulty of assessing non-point source pollution, while using the best available data to track corresponding pollution. Using scenario analysis we are able to assess the possible effects of further tightening of agro-environmental policy.

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  • Kruseman, Gideon & Blokland, Pieter-Willem & Luesink, Harry H. & Vrolijk, Hans C.J., 2008. "Ex-ante evaluation of tightening environmental policy: the case of mineral use in Dutch agriculture," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43644, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Peter Verburg & Bas Eickhout & Hans Meijl, 2008. "A multi-scale, multi-model approach for analyzing the future dynamics of European land use," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 42(1), pages 57-77, March.
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    1. Chyzheuskaya, Aksana & O’Donoghue, Cathal & O’Neill, Stephen & Hynes, Stephen, 2015. "Using A Spatialmicrosimulationmodel To Estimate The Potential Economic Impact On Agriculture Of Possible Freshwater Pearl Mussel Protection Strategies," 150th Seminar, October 22-23, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland 212666, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    micro-simulation; spatial-equilibrium model; non-point source pollution; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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