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How Cost-Effective is a Mixed Policy Targeting the Management of Three Agricultural N-pollutants?


  • Cyril Bourgeois

    () (RITM - Réseaux Innovation Territoires et Mondialisation - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11)

  • Nosra Ben Fradj

    (ECO-PUB - Economie Publique - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AgroParisTech)

  • Pierre-Alain Jayet

    () (ECO-PUB - Economie Publique - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - AgroParisTech)


This paper assesses the cost-effectiveness of a mixed policy in attempts to reduce the presence of three nitrogen pollutants: NO 3, N 2O, and NH 3. The policy under study combines a tax on nitrogen input and incentives promoting perennial crops assumed to require low input. We show that the mixed policy improves the cost-effectiveness of regulation with regard to nitrates, whereas no improvement occurs, except for a very low level of subsidy in some cases, for gas pollutants. A quantitative analysis provides an assessment of impacts in terms of land use, farmers' income, and nitrogen losses throughout France and at river-basin scale.

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  • Cyril Bourgeois & Nosra Ben Fradj & Pierre-Alain Jayet, 2014. "How Cost-Effective is a Mixed Policy Targeting the Management of Three Agricultural N-pollutants?," Post-Print hal-02044480, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02044480
    DOI: 10.1007/s10666-014-9401-y
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