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Risk Considerations in the Reduction of Nitrogen Fertilizer Use in Agricultural Production

David K. Lambert
Western Journal of Agricultural Economics
Vol. 15, No. 2 (December 1990), pp. 234-244
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40988087
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Abstract

Nonpoint pollution problems resulting from current agricultural practices are forcing policymakers to examine alternative mitigation strategies. Two mechanisms suggested to control the use of nitrogen fertilizer, a source of potentially harmful contaminants of water sources, are quantitative standards and incentives through per-unit taxation.Impacts of both policies on the distribution of farm net returns are analyzed. Risk attitudes are observed to influence the magnitude of farmer response to alternative policies.

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