- 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 use of laboratory and field economic experiments to explore issues in land economics is increasingly popular as researchers identify problems that cannot be adequately addressed by traditional economic theory or empirical techniques. This article reviews this area’s growing literature as well as offers a framework to understand the trade-offs between issues of experimental control, problem context, and representativeness of participants. The key experiment design elements related to land economics are discussed. These elements are then illustrated by a study of the efficiency of reverse auctions for land conservation given different structures of private and public information. The study results suggest that different levels of public information affect sellers’ bidding behavior as well as competitiveness. Overbidding and too little market competition leads to significant loss of efficiency. These results have implications to how to design ecosystem service market cost effectively.
Keywords: experimental economics, land conservation, reverse auctions, field experiments, laboratory experiments, auction information, auction efficiency, ecosystem service markets, farmland preservation
Kent D. Messer is Associate Professor and Unidel Howard Cosgrove Chair for the Environment in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at University of Delaware.
Joshua M. Duke is Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at University of Delaware.
Lori Lynch is Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of Maryland.
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