Farmers' perceived costs of wetlands: Effects of wetland size, hydration, and dispersion

Brett R. Gelso, John A. Fox, Jeffrey M. Peterson

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Abstract

We survey landowners to investigate the costs associated with the presence of permanent or seasonal wetland areas in cropland. We find, as predicted by our conceptual model, that dispersion of wetland areas imposes substantial inconvenience costs for producers but that costs respond nonlinearly and irregularly to changes in the frequency of hydration. Producer attitudes toward conservation and environmental regulation have a significant impact on perceived costs, as do some demographic attributes. The analysis suggests that incentives to aggregate dispersed wetlands into larger contiguous areas could benefit landowners and at the same time provide a net increase in wetland area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-185
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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Farmers' perceived costs of wetlands : Effects of wetland size, hydration, and dispersion. / Gelso, Brett R.; Fox, John A.; Peterson, Jeffrey M.

In: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, No. 1, 01.02.2008, p. 172-185.

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