A Biophysical Model of Corn Yield: Integrating Climatic and Social Determinants

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Robert Kaufmann

Boston University - Center for Energy & Environmental Studies, Department of Geography and Environment

Seth Snell

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Date Written: February 1997

Abstract

We estimate a model that accounts for both climatic and social determinants of corn yield in the United States. Climate variables are specified for periods that correspond to phenological stages of development. Social determinants include market conditions, technical factors, scale of production, and the policy environment. The model accounts for the historical and cross‐sectional variation in yield, and the interpretation of coefficients is consistent with independent analyses of the climatic and social determinants. The hybrid model provides a framework for assessing the effect of, and adaptation to, climate change.

Keywords: adaptation, agriculture, climate change, corn, elasticity, phenology, yield, Q110, Q160

Suggested Citation

Kaufmann, Robert and Snell, Seth, A Biophysical Model of Corn Yield: Integrating Climatic and Social Determinants (February 1997). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 79, Issue 1, pp. 178-190, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3560483 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1243952

Robert Kaufmann (Contact Author)

Boston University - Center for Energy & Environmental Studies, Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
United States

Seth Snell

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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