Protecting Watershed Ecosystems Through Targeted Local Land Use Policies

Posted: 17 Jun 2008  

Christian Langpap

Tulane University - Department of Economics

Ivan Hascic

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Junjie Wu

Oregon State University - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Abstract

Land use change is the most pervasive force driving the degradation of watershed ecosystems. This article combines an econometric model of land use choice with models of watershed health indicators to examine the effects of land use policies on watershed ecosystems through their effect on land use. Our results suggest that incentive-based land use policies and property acquisition programs can have relatively large positive impacts on watershed health, while policies that change the returns to land use are less effective. The results suggest that there is potential for targeting these policies because their impacts vary across watersheds with different land use mixes.

Suggested Citation

Langpap, Christian and Hascic, Ivan and Wu, Junjie, Protecting Watershed Ecosystems Through Targeted Local Land Use Policies. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, No. 3, pp. 684-700, August 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146689 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2008.01145.x

Christian Langpap (Contact Author)

Tulane University - Department of Economics ( email )

New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Ivan Haščič

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascale
75775 Paris Cedex 16
France

Junjie Wu

Oregon State University - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

213 Ballard Extension Hall
Rm #200A
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
United States
541-737-3060 (Phone)
541-737-2563 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://osu.orst.edu/Dept/ag_resrc_econ/faculty2/wu

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