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A Growth-Focused Spatial Econometric Model of Agricultural Land Development in the Northeast

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  • Political Science

Abstract

Using county data for West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, estimation of a system of simultaneous equations shows that population growth, higher taxes, high farmland value, and high initial per capita income accelerate farmland development, but return on farmland, government assistance to farmers, farmland conservation, and farming agglomeration reduce development pressure.

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