Environmental Economics

An Evaluation of Options for Micro-Targeting Acquisition of Cropping Rights to Reduce Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

In this study, micro-targeting is defined as differentiating among individual land parcels in a watershed for program implementation. This study examined several related questions: 1) To what extent can the cost effectiveness of programs be improved by micro-targeting for NPSP reduction within a watershed? 2) To what extent is it worth obtaining additional information about heterogeneous biophysical and economic characteristics of fields to implement such a targeted program? 3) Given limited resources, how should agencies allocate efforts between collecting information and program implementation? and 4) Which variables characterizing watershed NPSP response provide the most useful information for determining improvements in cost effectiveness and under what circumstances do they make improvements?

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Major Programs and Media
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    Easter, K. William
    Kozloff, Keith
    Graham-Tomassi, Theodore
    Moore, Ian
    Taff, Steven
    Wang, Yingmin
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    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0202
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    Minnesota, University of, Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsAddress:
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    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency,
    Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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    Date Linked: 05/28/2009