Title

The Efficiency of Sequestering Carbon in Agricultural Soils

Campus Units

Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

4-2001

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

123

Last Page

134

DOI

10.1111/j.1465-7287.2001.tb00055.x

Abstract

Agricultural tillage practices are important human-induced activities that can alter carbon emissions from agricultural soils and have the potential to contribute significantly to reductions in greenhouse gas emission (Lal et al., The Potential of U.S. Cropland, 1998). This research investigates the expected costs of sequestering carbon in agricultural soils under different subsidy and market-based policies. Using detailed National Resources Inventory data, we estimate the probability that farmers adopt conservation tillage practices based on a variety of exogenous characteristics and profit from conventional practices. These estimates are used with physical models of carbon sequestration to estimate the subsidy costs of achieving increased carbon sequestration with alternative subsidy schemes.

JEL Classification

Q38

Comments

This working paper was published as Pautsch, G. R., L. A. Kurkalova, B. A. Babcock and C. L. Kling, "The Efficiency of Sequestering Carbon in Agricultural Soils," Contemporary Economic Policy 19 (2001): 123–134, doi:10.1111/j.1465-7287.2001.tb00055.x.