The conservation reserve program as a least-cost land retirement mechanism

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Mechanism design theory is used to characterize the properties of a least-cost CRP. If marginal land rents decrease with acres farmed then a least-cost CRP is a set of nonlinear price schedules. If marginal land rents are independent of acres farmed then an offer system constitutes a least-cost CRP. The least-cost offer system gives a useful estimate of the upper bound of a least-cost CRP. Empirical results suggest that a 34-million-acre CRP should have cost no more than $1 billion per year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Economics of Agri-Environmental Policy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351146968
ISBN (Print)9780815397694
StatePublished - Nov 30 2017


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