Environmental amenities and optimal agricultural land use: The case of Israel

Iddo Kan*, David Haim, Mickey Rapaport-Rom, Mordechai Shechter

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This paper evaluates the effectiveness of changing land allocation among crops as a mechanism for increasing net-social benefits, where production profits and amenity values are augmented. A positive mathematical programming model is calibrated and applied to 43 regions in the northern part of Israel, using a crop-discriminating amenity-value function. Changes in land allocation increase net-social benefits by 2.4% nationwide and by up to 15% on the regional level, where in some regions the net-social-benefits-increase/profit-loss ratio exceeds 20. Therefore, the results indicate that a policy encouraging amenity-enhancement of agricultural land use is warranted, provided that it is implemented on a regional scale, rather than as a comprehensive nationwide-enforced program.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1893-1898
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2009


  • Agriculture
  • Amenities
  • Land-use
  • Positive-mathematical-programming


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