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Payment programs that incentivize conservation practices on farms produce additionalenvironmental gains only if farmers receiving payments adopt practices that they would not haveadopted without the payment. For some conservation practices, the “additionality” of paymentsmay be low if programs do not differentiate between farmers who would only adopt with apayment and those farmers that may find adoption of the practice profitably even without apayment. We use a Propensity Score Matching method to estimate unobserved counterfactualadoption behavior in a nationwide survey of farmers and calculate the level of additionality forfive separate conservation payments in the U.S. that target nutrient management, pestmanagement, conservation tillage, soil conservation, and buffer practices. We find high levels ofadditionality across the five types of conservation payment types, suggesting that these programsare effective in producing environment gains that would not have occurred without paymentincentives.

Subject(s): Environmental Economics and Policy

Farm Management

Issue Date: 2012-08

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/124721

Total Pages: 33

Record appears in: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) > 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington





Author: Claassen, Roger ; Duquette, Eric

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/124721?ln=en







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