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Can Non-point Phosphorus Emissions from Agriculture be Regulated efficiently using Input-Output Taxes?

Line Block Hansen () and Lars Hansen ()
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Line Block Hansen: Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

No 2012/4, IFRO Working Paper from University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics

Abstract: In many parts of Europe and North America, phosphorus loss from cultivated fields is threatening natural ecosystems. Though there are similarities to other non-point agricultural emissions like nitrogen that have been studied extensively, phosphorus is often characterised by the presence of large stocking capacities for phosphorus in farm soils and long time-lags between applications and emission. This makes it important to understand the dynamics of the phosphorus emission problem when designing regulatory systems. Using a model that reflects these dynamics, we evaluate alternative regulatory systems. Depending on the proportions of different types of farms in the agricultural sector, we find that an input-output tax system may be close to efficient, or in other cases must be supplemented with subsidy and manure reallocation schemes.

Keywords: regulating non-point pollution; phosphorus emissions; manure re-allocation; phosphorus stock dynamics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H23 Q1 Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 54 pages
Date: 2012-02
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