Probabilistic cost effectiveness in agricultural nonpoint pollution control

W. T. McSweeny, James Samuel Shortle

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Abstract

Conceptual weaknesses in the use of costs of average abatement as a measure of the cost effectiveness of agricultural nonpoint pollution control are examined. A probabilistic alternative is developed. The focus is on methods for evaluating whole-farm pollution control plans rather than individual practices. As a consequence, the analysis is presented in a chance-constrained activity analysis framework because activity analysis procedures are a practical and well developed device for screening farm plans. Reliability of control is shown to be as important as reduction targets in designing farm plans for pollution control. Furthermore, broad-axe prescriptions of technology in the form of Best Management Practices may perform poorly with respect to cost effectiveness. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalSouthern Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume22
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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nonpoint source pollution
pollution control
cost effectiveness
Cost-Benefit Analysis
farm
farms
cost
best management practices
best management practice
Practice Guidelines
Prescriptions
screening
Technology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Equipment and Supplies
analysis
plan
Farms
Nonpoint pollution
Pollution control

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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In: Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 22, No. 1, 01.01.1990, p. 95-104.

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