Land-Use Intensity Module: Land Use in Rural New Zealand Version 1

Motu Working Paper No. 06-05

33 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2006

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Joanna Hendy

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This document outlines the development of the dynamic functions and simple algorithms that make up the Land Use in Rural New Zealand (LURNZ) land-use intensity module. The module includes stocking rate functions for dairy, sheep, and beef livestock; fertiliser intensity functions for dairy and sheep/beef; and algorithms for the evolution of the age classes of the plantation forestry estate, and of reverting scrubland. This module is designed so that: (1) output from models of rural production and rural land use can be compared using the land-use intensity functions as conversion factors; (2) output from the land use module of LURNZ can be converted into the implied levels of rural activities that can be directly related to certain environmental impacts. This module is part of the LURNZv1 simulation model and can be used in conjunction with the LURNZ land use and greenhouse gas modules.

Keywords: Land use intensity, rural production, forestry, pastoral farming, fertiliser

JEL Classification: Q24, Q25, Q15, Q23

Suggested Citation

Hendy, Joanna and Kerr, Suzi, Land-Use Intensity Module: Land Use in Rural New Zealand Version 1 (June 2006). Motu Working Paper No. 06-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925749 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.925749

Joanna Hendy (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand

Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

Level 1, 93 Cuba Street
P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand
+64 4 383 4250 (Phone)
+64 4 383 4270 (Fax)

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