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Efficiency of Sequestering Carbon in Agricultural Soils (The)

  • Pautsch, Gregory R.
  • Kurkalova, Lyubov A.
  • Babcock, Bruce A.
  • Kling, Catherine L.

Agricultural tillage practices are important human-induced activities that can alter carbon emissions from agricultural soils and have the potential to contribute significantly to reductions in greenhouse gas emission (Lal et al., 1998). This research investigates the expected costs of sequestering carbon in agricultural soils under different subsidy and market-based policies. Using detailed National Resources Inventory data, we estimate the probability that farmers adopt conservation tillage practices based on a variety of exogenous characteristics and profit from conventional practices. These estimates are used with physical models of carbon sequestration to estimate the subsidy costs of achieving increased carbon sequestration with alternative subsidy schemes.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 1870.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2001
Publication status: Published in Contemporary Economic Policy, August 2001, vol. 19, pp. 123-34
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1870
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