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Economics of Rural Land-Use Change

Series: Ashgate Studies in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Edited By: KP Bell, KJ Boyle and J Rubin

288 pages, 37 b/w illus


Hardback | Apr 2006 | #165123 | ISBN: 0754609839
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Public concern over land management has never been greater. This book provides a broad overview of the economics of rural land-use change, drawing attention to the meaningful role economic analysis can play in resolving public concern and supporting future, pro-active land management strategies in rural areas.

The book's breadth distinguishes it from other recent texts, as it jointly offers rigorous treatments of theoretical and empirical models of rural land-use change and practical discussions of applications and relevant methods. Chapters are specifically designed to demonstrate the types of land-use questions economic analysis can answer, the types of methods that might be employed to answer these questions, and the types of public policy decisions that may be supported by such analysis. The book makes a significant contribution to contemporary land-use research, highlighting the key methodological and public policy issues that will be central to future research on the economics of rural land-use change.


Introduction and Background: Objectives and perspectives, Kathleen P. Bell, Kevin J. Boyle, Andrew J. Plantinga, Jonathan Rubin and Mario F. Teisl; A discussion of recent land-use trends, Mary Clare Ahearn and Ralph J. Alig; Effects of policy and technological change on land use, Ralph J. Alig and Mary Clare Ahearn; Transportation and land-use change, Jonathan Rubin; Patterns and processes in the demographics of land use change in the United States, Deirdre M. Mageean and John G. Bartlett; Determinants of Land-Use Change: Theoretical background, Kathleen Segerson, Andrew J. Plantinga and Elena G. Irwin; Overview of empirical methods, Andrew J. Plantinga and Elena G. Irwin; An application of the land-use shares model, Andrew J. Plantinga; Estimating a spatially explicit model of residential land-use change to understand and predict patterns of urban growth at the rural-urban fringe, Elena G. Irwin and Kathleen P. Bell; Consequences of Land-Use Change: Land-use change and ecosystems: anticipating the consequences of private and public decisions in the South Florida landscape, J. Walter Milon; Conserving biodiversity by conserving land, Stephen J. Polasky and Christian A. Vossler; Land-use changes and regulations in five Western States of the United States, JunJie Wu; Valuation of Land-Use Change: Valuation and land-use change, Kevin J. Boyle, Kathleen P. Bell, and Jonathan Rubin; Valuing changes in rural land uses: measuring willingness to pay for changes in forest management practices, Mario F. Teisl and Kevin J. Boyle; Using hedonic techniques to estimate the effects of rural land-use change on property values: an example, Raymond B. Palmquist; Conclusions: Summary and conclusions, Kathleen P. Bell, Kevin J. Boyle and Jonathan Rubin; Index.

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Kathleen P. Bell is Assistant Professor and Kevin J. Boyle is Distinguished Maine Professor both in the Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA. Jonathan Rubin is Interim Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center for Public Policy and also Associate Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA.

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