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Agricultural Land Elasticities in the United States and Brazil

  • Barr, Kanlaya Jintanakul
  • Babcock, Bruce A.
  • Carriquiry, Miguel A.
  • Nassar, Andre M
  • Harfuch, Leila

The elasticity of aggregate supply of cropland is one key to understanding the degree to which policy-induced increases in demand for biofuel feedstocks or agricultural CO 2 offsets will result in higher prices or expanded crop production. We report land supply elasticities for the United States and Brazil estimated directly from recent changes in planted crop acreage and estimated changes in expected returns. The resulting aggregate implied land-use elasticities with respect to price are quite inelastic in the United States and Brazil elasticities have declined sharply in recent years. The estimated elasticities imply that current estimates of land-based CO 2 emissions from biofuels expansion may be overstated Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 35043.

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Date of creation: 03 Apr 2012
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Publication status: Published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Fall 2011, vol. 33 no. 3, pp. 449-462
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:35043
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