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Economic Analysis of Land Use in Global Climate Change Policy

Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics Volume: 14

Edited By: Thomas W Hertel, Steven Rose and Richard Tol

343 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Apr 2009 | #175203 | ISBN-13: 9780415773089
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Land has long been neglected in economics. That is now changing. Recently, seven teams from Australia, the European Union, and the USA have, for the first time, included land use in their computable general equilibrium models, the work horses of economic policy analysis. This book describes and critically assesses the underlying data, the methodologies used, and the first applications. The applications are all to climate change and climate policy, but the methods and data can also be used for other applications, such as land use change and nature conservation.

This book outlines key empirical and analytical issues associated with modeling land use and land use change in the context of global climate change policy. It places special emphasis on the economy-wide competition for land and other resources, drawing out: the implications of changes in land use for the cost of climate change mitigation, land use change as a result of mitigation, and feedback from changes in the global climate to land use. By offering synthesis and evaluation of a variety of different approaches to this challenging field of research, this book will serve as a key reference for future work in the economic analysis of land use and climate change policy.

'Across the material we find three aspects in this book that we think are particularly valuable. The first is the emphasis on the economics of global scale land-based mitigation, land competition, and conventional land use opportunity costs. Second, there is material presented on the design of CGE models to capture land availability, competition, and physical characteristics. Third and finally, the authors discuss and assess deficiencies in the studies presented and identify directions for future research'. - Jianhong Mu, Siyi Feng and Bruce A. McCarl, Texas A&M University, USA


Part I: Introduction and motivation: 1 "Land Use in Computable General Equilibrium Models: An Overview" by Thomas Hertel, Steven Rose, Richard Tol: Part II: Empirical Foundations of Global Land Use Analyses: 2. "Global Agricultural Land Use Data for Climate Change Analysis" by Chad Monfreda, Navin Ramankutty and Thomas Hertel: 3. "Global Forestry Data for the Economic Modeling of Land Use" by Brent Sohngen, Colleen Tennity, Marc Hnythka and Karl Meeusen: 4. "An Integrated Land Use Data Base for CGE Analysis of Climate Policy Options" by Huey-Lin Lee, Thomas Hertel, Steven Rose and Misak Avetsiyan: 5. "Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data for Climate Change Analysis" by Steven Rose and Huey-Lin Lee: Part III: Modeling Global Land Use for Climate Change Policy Analysis: 6. "Modeling Land-use Related Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks and their Mitigation Potential", by Thomas Hertel, Huey-Lin Lee, Steven Rose and Brent Sohngen: 7. "Modeling the Competition for Land: Methods and Application to Climate Policy" by Ron Sands and Man-Keun Kim: 8. "Biomass Energy and Competition for Land", by John Reilly and Sergey Paltsev: 9. "The Impact of Environmental and Climate Constraints on Global Food Supply" by Bas Eickhout, Hans van Meijl, Andrzej Tabeau and E. Stehfest: 10. "Land Use Modeling in a Recursively Dynamic, General Equilibrium Framework" by Alla Golub, Thomas Hertel and Brent Sohngen: 11. The Role of Forest Carbon Sequestration in General Equilibrium Models" by Brent Sohngen, Alla Golub and Thomas Hertel: 12. "KLUM: A Land Use Model for Coupling Large-Scale Crop and Trade Models" by Kerstin Ronneberger, Maria Berrittella, Francesco Bosello, and Richard Tol

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