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Agriculture, technological change and environmental sustainability: Looking for a win-win water policy strategy

  • Llop Llop, Maria
  • Ponce Alifonso, Xavier,

This paper analyses the effects that technological changes in agriculture would have on environmental, social and economic indicators. Specifically, our study is focused on two alternative technological improvements: the modernization of water transportation systems versus the increase in the total factor productivity of agriculture. Using a computable general equilibrium model for the Catalan economy, our results suggest that a water policy that leads to greater economic efficiency is not necessarily optimal if we consider social or environmental criteria. Moreover, improving environmental sustainability depends less on the type of technological change than on the institutional framework in which technological change occurs. Keywords: agricultural technological changes, computable general equilibrium model, economic impact, water policy

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Paper provided by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2072/203158.

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