- Series Information
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Land as an Integrating Theme in Economics
- Integrating Regional Economic Development Analysis and Land Use Economics
- Technology Adoption and Land Use
- Are Large Metropolitan Areas Still Viable?
- Modeling the Land Use Change with Biofuels
- Modeling the Determinants of Farmland Values in the United States
- Land Use and Sustainable Economic Development: Developing World
- The Economics of Wildlife Conservation
- Connecting Ecosystem Services to Land Use: Implications for Valuation and Policy
- Land Use and Climate Change
- Land Use, Climate Change, and Ecosystem Services
- Fire: An Agent and a Consequence of Land Use Change
- Land Use and Municipal Profiles
- An Assessment of Empirical Methods for Modeling Land Use
- Equilibrium Sorting Models of Land Use and Residential Choice
- Landscape Simulations with Econometric-Based Land Use Models
- An Economic Perspective on Agent-Based Models of Land Use and Land Cover Change
- Spatial Econometric Modeling of Land Use Change
- Using Quasi-Experimental Methods to Evaluate Land Policies: Application to Maryland’s Priority Funding Legislation
- Applying Experiments to Land Economics: Public Information and Auction Efficiency in Ecosystem Service Markets
- Open Space Preservation: Direct Controls and Fiscal Incentives
- Land Conservation in the United States
- European Agri-Environmental Policy: The Conservation and Re-Creation of Cultural Landscapes
- Agri-Environmental Policies: A Comparison of US and EU Experiences
- Stigmatized Sites and Urban Brownfield Redevelopment
- Regulatory Takings
- Eminent Domain and the Land Assembly Problem
- Future Research Directions in Land Economics
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The introduction of biofuels to agriculture has led to a new reality by linking agricultural and livestock sectors with energy markets. This article reviews the underlying assumptions and major findings of models being used to measure the land use impact of biofuels to develop an understanding of the drivers of land use change with biofuels. These studies show that biofuels have the potential to meet a significant percentage of liquid fuel demand and demand for renewable electricity in the future and that current targets being set in the United States and the European Union for renewable fuels are feasible with moderate increases in crop prices. Models differ in their assessment of the magnitude and location of global land use change due to biofuels but show that some trade-offs between food and fuel production are inevitable. High yielding feedstocks and growth in productivity of food crops can mitigate the adverse impacts of biofuels.
Madhu Khanna is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at University of Illinois.
David Zilberman is Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Berkeley.
Christine L. Crago is Assistant Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Commonwealth Honors College at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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