Title

Transfers and environmental co-benefits of carbon sequestration in agricultural soils: retiring agricultural land in the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Campus Units

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2007

Journal or Book Title

Climatic Change

Volume

80

Issue

1

First Page or Article ID Number

91

Last Page

107

DOI

10.1007/s10584-006-9143-1

Abstract

This study investigates the carbon sequestration potential and co-benefits from policies aimed at retiring agricultural land in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, a large, heavily agricultural area. In addition to empirically measuring environmental co-benefits, we also compute economic transfers, which have sometimes been referred to as a co-benefit. Very little empirical work measuring the potential magnitude of these transfers has previously been undertaken. We compare and contrast alternative targeting schemes. We find that there are considerable amount of co-benefits and transfers and that the geographic distribution of co-benefits and transfers varies significantly with the specific benefit targeted. This implies that policy design related to targeting can have very important implications for both environmental conditions and income distributions in sub-regions. Issues related to policy design in the presence of co-benefits are considered.

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Climatic Change 80 (2007): 91, doi:10.1007/s10584-006-9143-1