Campus Units

Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

6-10-2014

Journal or Book Title

European Review of Agricultural Economics

Volume

41

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

431

Last Page

459

DOI

10.1093/erae/jbu009

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the importance of developing integrated assessment models to support the design and implementation of policies to address water quality problems associated with agricultural pollution. We describe a new modelling system, LUMINATE, which links land use decisions made at the field scale in the Upper Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Basins through both environmental and hydrological components to downstream water quality effects and hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. This modelling system can be used to analyse detailed policy scenarios identifying the costs of the policies and their resulting benefits for improved local and regional water quality. We demonstrate the model's capabilities with a simple scenario where cover crops are incentivised with green payments over a large expanse of the watershed.

JEL Classification

Q51, Q52, Q57

Comments

This article is from European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2014, 41(3); 431-459. Doi: 10.1093/erae/jbu009.

Rights

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Language

en

File Format

application/pdf