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Spatial targeting of agri-environmental policy and urban development

Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Coisnon, Professor Walid Oueslati


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Widespread public support exists for the provision of natural amenities, such as lakes, rivers or wetlands, and for efforts to preserve these from agricultural pollution. Agri-environmental policies contribute to these efforts by encouraging farmers to adopt environmentally friendly practices within the vicinity of these ecosystems. A spatially targeted agri-environmental policy promotes natural amenities and may thereby affect household location decisions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent of these impacts on the spatial urban structure. We extend a monocentric city model to include farmers' responses to an agri-environmental policy. Our main findings are that the implementation of a spatially targeted agri-environmental policy may lead to some additional urban development, which could conflict with the aim of the policy. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Coisnon T, Oueslati W, Salanie J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ecological Economics

Year: 2014

Volume: 101

Pages: 33-42

Print publication date: 01/05/2014

ISSN (print): 0921-8009

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6106

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.02.013


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Region Pays de la Loire
11-MUTS-PDD-3-CVS-019French Ministry of Environment (PAYTAL - convention)
FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF - 273191 - LUPUSEuropean Union under the Marie Curie Intra-European program