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Synopsis from book:

What do economists know about land-and how they know? The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics describes the latest developments in the fields of economics that examine land, including natural resource economics, environmental economics, regional science, and urban economics. The handbook argues, first, that land is a theme that integrates these fields and second, that productive integration increasingly occurs not just within economics but also across disciplines. Greater recognition and integration stimulates cross-fertilization among the fields of land economics research. By providing a comprehensive survey of land-related work in several economics fields, this handbook provides the basic tools needed for economists to redefine the scope and focus of their work to better incorporate the contemporary thinking from other fields and to push out the frontiers of land economics.

The first section presents recent advances in the analysis of major drivers of land use change, focusing on economic development and various land-use markets. The second section presents economic research on the environmental and socio-economic impacts of land use and land use change. The third section addresses six cutting-edge approaches for land economics research, including spatial econometric, simulation, and experimental methods. The section also includes a synthetic chapter critically reviewing methodological advances. The fourth section covers policy issues. Four chapters disentangle the economics of land conservation and preservation, while three chapters examine the economic analysis of the legal institutions of land use. These chapters focus on law and economic problems of permissible government control of land in the U.S. context.735 pages with 28 chapters by leading scholars in land economics.

Journal Articles

  • 67. DukeJoshua M., John C. Bernard, and Gregory Vitz. Food labels for farmland preservation: Evidence from a field experiment.  Forthcoming at Food Policy.
  • 66. DukeJoshua M., Hongxing Liu, Tyler Monteith, Joshua McGrath, and Nicole Fiorellino. 2020. A method for predicting participation in a performance-based water quality trading program. Ecological Economics 177(November):1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106762
  • 65. DukeJoshua M., Zhongyuan Liu, Jordan Suter, Kent Messer, Holly Michael. 2020. Some taxes are better than others: An economic experiment analyzing groundwater management in a spatially explicit aquifer. Water Resources Research. 56(7):1-18. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026426
  • 64. Schilling, Brian, Sullivan, Kevin, J. Dixon Esseks, Lori Lynch, Joshua Duke, Paul Gottlieb. 2020. Farmland Owners’ Satisfaction with Agricultural Conservation Easements: Is there Seller’s Remorse? Society and Natural Resources 33(6):769-87. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2019.1677971
  • 63. Bernard, John C., Joshua M. Duke, and Sara E. Albrecht. 2019. Do labels that convey minimal, redundant, or no information affect consumer perceptions and willingness to pay? Food Quality and Preference 71:149-157.
  • 62. Palm-Forster, L.H. and Duke, J.M., 2019. An endogenous equilibrium game on traffic congestion externalities. The Journal of Economic Education, 50(1), pp.57-69.
  • 61. Suter, J.F., Collie, S., Messer, K.D., Duke, J.M. and Michael, H.A., 2019. Common pool resource management at the extensive and intensive margins: experimental evidence. Environmental and Resource Economics, 73(4), pp.973-993.
  • 60. Duke, J.M. and Gao, T., 2018. An Experimental Economics Investigation of the Land Value Tax: Efficiency, Acceptability, and Positional Goods. Land Economics, 94(4), pp.475-495.
  • 59. Fooks, Jacob R., Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Janet B. Johnson, and George R. Parsons. 2017. Continuous Attribute Values in a Simulation Environment: Offshore Energy Production and Mid-Atlantic Beach Visitation. Energy Policy 110:288-302.
  • 58. Duke, Joshua M., Kent D. Messer, Lori Lynch and Tongzhe Li. 2017. The Effect of Information on Discriminatory-Price and Uniform-Price Reverse Auction Efficiency: An Experimental Economics Study of the Purchase of Ecosystem Services”, Strategic Behavior and the Environment 7(1–2):41-71.
  • 57. Fooks, J.R., Messer, K.D., Duke, J.M., Johnson, J.B., Li, T. and Parsons, G.R., 2017. Tourist viewshed externalities and wind energy production. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 46(2), pp.224-241.
  • 56. Messer, Kent D., Joshua M. Duke, Lori Lynch, and Tongzhe Li. 2017. When does public information undermine the efficiency of reverse auctions for the purchase of ecosystem services? Ecological Economics, 134:212-226.
  • 55. Duke, Joshua M. and David Sassoon. 2017. A classroom game on a negative externality correcting tax: Revenue return, regressivity, and the double dividend. Journal of Economic Education 48(2):65-73 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220485.2017.1285736
  • 54. Fooks, Jacob, Nathaniel Higgins, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, Daniel Hellerstein, and Lori Lynch. 2016.. Conserving spatially explicit benefits in ecosystem service markets: Lab and artefactual field tests of network bonuses and spatial targeting. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 98(2):468-88.
  • 53. Duke, Joshua M., Brian J. Schilling, Kevin P. Sullivan, J. Dixon Esseks, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Lori Lynch. 2016. Illiquid Capital: Are Conservation Easement Payments Reinvested in Farms? Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy. doi:10.1093/aepp/ppw016
  • 52. Duke, Joshua M., Jules Bruck, Susan Barton, Megan Murray, Shreeram Inamdar, and Douglas W. Tallamy. 2016. Public preferences for ecosystem services on exurban landscapes: A case study from the mid-Atlantic, USA. Heliyon 2(7): e00127 (pp1-27). Open access available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00127.
  • 51. Bachman, Matthew, Shreeram Inamdar, Sue Barton, Joshua M. Duke, Doug Tallamy, Jules Bruck. 2016. A watershed scale assessment of the impacts of suburban turf management on runoff water quality. Journal of American Water Resources Association, 52(2):397-408.
  • 50. Duke, Joshua M., and Ben Attia. 2015. Negotiated solar rights conflict resolution: A comparative institutional analysis of public and private processes. Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law. 22(1):1-52.
  • 49. Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, Robert J. Johnston, and Kent D. Messer. 2015. The effect of spatial interdependencies on prioritization and payments for environmental services. Land Use Policy. 48:341-350.
  • 48. Egan, Jennifer M., and Joshua M. Duke. 2015. Water quality conflict resolution and agricultural discharges: Lessons from Waterkeeper v. Hudson. William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review 39(3):533-574.
  • 47. Schilling, Brian J., J. Dixon Esseks, Joshua M. Duke, Paul D. Gottlieb, and Lori Lynch. 2015. The future of preserved farmland: Ownership succession in three mid-Atlantic states. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5(2):129-153.
  • 46. Gottlieb, Paul D., Brian J. Schilling, Kevin Sullivan, J. Dixon Esseks, Lori Lynch, Joshua M Duke. 2015. Are preserved farms actively engaged in agriculture and conservation? Land Use Policy. 45:103-116.
  • 45. Fooks, Jacob R., Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke. 2015. Dynamic entry, reverse auctions, and the purchase of ecosystem services. Land Economics 91(1):57-75.
  • 44. Liu, Zhuo, Jordan F. Suter, Kent D. Messer, Joshua M. Duke, and Holly A. Michael. 2014. Strategic entry and externalities in groundwater resources: Evidence from the lab. Resource and Energy Economics 38:181-197.
  • 43. Li, Jingyuan, Holly A. Michael, Joshua M. Duke, Kent D. Messer, Jordan F. Suter. 2014. Behavioral response to contamination risk information in a spatially explicit groundwater environment: Experimental evidence. Water Resources Research 50(8):6390–6405.
  • 42. Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, Robert J. Johnston, and Kent D. Messer. 2014. Prioritizing Payment for Environmental Services: Using Nonmarket Benefits for Cost Effective Selection. Ecological Economics 105:319-329.
  • 41. Duke, Joshua M. 2014. Eminent domain and the land assembly problem. In The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, ed. J.M. Duke and J. Wu. New York: Oxford University Press, 698-722.
  • 40. Duke, Joshua M., and JunJie Wu. 2014. Land as an integrating theme in economics. In The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, ed. J.M. Duke and J. Wu. New York: Oxford University Press, 1-19.
  • 39. Duke, Joshua M., and JunJie Wu. 2014. Future research directions in land economics. In The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, ed. J.M. Duke and J. Wu. New York: Oxford University Press, 723-35.
  • 38. Messer, Kent D., Joshua M. Duke, and Lori Lynch. 2014. Applying experiments to land economics: Public information and auction efficiency in ecosystem service markets. In The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, ed. J.M. Duke and J. Wu. New York: Oxford University Press, 481-510.
  • 37. Schilling, Brian J., Kevin P. Sullivan, and Joshua M. Duke. 2013. Do residual development options increase preserved farmland values? Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 38(3):327-343.
  • 36. Popkin, Jennifer H., Joshua M. Duke, Allison M. Borchers, and Thomas Ilvento. 2013. Social costs from proximity to hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Energy Policy. 62:62-69.
  • 35. Miller, Kate, and Joshua M. Duke. 2013. Additionality and water quality trading: Institutional analysis of nutrient trading in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Vol. 25(4):521-47.
  • 34. Duke, Joshua M., Steven J. Dundas, and Kent D. Messer. 2013. Cost-effective conservation planning: Lessons from economics. Journal of Environmental Management 125:126-133.
  • 33. Arnold, Michael A., Joshua M. Duke, and Kent D. Messer. 2013. Adverse selection in reverse auctions for ecosystem services. Land Economics 89(3):387-412.
  • 32. Duke, Joshua M. 2013. Property rights and the environment. Pp 75-79 in Volume 3 of Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, ed. Jason Shogren.
  • 31. Suter, Jordan F., Joshua M. Duke, Kent D. Messer, and Holly A. Michael. 2012. Behavior in a spatially-explicit groundwater resource: Evidence from the lab. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(5):1094-1112.
  • 30. Duke, Joshua M., Allison M. Borchers, Robert J. Johnston, and Sarah Absetz. 2012. Sustainable agricultural management contracts: Using choice experiments to estimate the benefits of land preservation and conservation practices. Ecological Economics 74:95-103.
  • 29. Borchers, Allison M. and Joshua M. Duke. 2012. Capitalization and proximity to agricultural and natural lands: Evidence from Delaware. Journal of Environmental Management 99:110-117.
  • 28. Johnston, Robert J. and Joshua M. Duke. 2010. The importance of socioeconomic adjustments within choice experiment benefit function transfer: Is the common wisdom correct? Resource and Energy Economics 32(3):421-438.
  • 27. Duke, Joshua M. and Robert J. Johnston. 2010. Nonmarket valuation of multifunctional farm and forest preservation, pp. 124-142 in New Perspectives on Agri-Environmental Policies: A Multidisciplinary and Transatlantic Approach, ed. Stephan J. Goetz and Floor Brouwer. New York: Routledge.
  • 26. Klaus Moeltner, Robert J. Johnston, Randall S. Rosenberger, and Joshua M. Duke. 2009. Benefit transfer from multiple contingent experiments: A flexible two-step model combining individual choice data with community characteristics. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5):1335-42.
  • 25. Johnston, Robert J. and Joshua M. Duke. 2009. Informing preservation of multifunctional agriculture when primary research is unavailable: An application of Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5):1353-59.
  • 24. Johnston, Robert J. and Joshua M. Duke. 2009. Willingness to pay for land preservation across states and jurisdictional scale: Implications for benefit transfer. Land Economics 85(2):217-37.
  • 23. Duke, Joshua M. and Titus O. Awokuse. 2009. Assessing the effect of bilateral collaborations on learning outcomes. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (formerly, Review of Agricultural Economics) 31(2):344-358.
  • 22. Duke, Joshua M. 2008. Estimating amenity values: Will it improve farmland preservation policy? Choices 23(4-Fourth Quarter):11-15.
  • 21. Johnston, Robert J. and Joshua M. Duke. 2008. Benefit transfer equivalence tests with non-normal distributions. Environmental and Resource Economics 41:1-23.
  • 20. Duke, Joshua M. 2008. Private property land ownership rights in rural America. In Encyclopedia of Rural America, 2nd, Ed. G.A. Goreham, pp. 779-782.
  • 19. Johnston, Robert J. and Joshua M. Duke. 2007. Willingness to pay for agricultural land preservation and policy process attributes: Does the method matter? American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89(4):1098-1115.
  • 18. Duke, Joshua M. and Lori Lynch. 2007. Gauging support for innovative farmland preservation techniques. Policy Sciences 40:123-55.
  • 17. Borchers, Allison M., Joshua M. Duke, and George R. Parsons. 2007. Does willingness to pay for green energy differ by source? Energy Policy 35:3327-34.
  • 16. Duke, Joshua M. and Lori Lynch. 2006. Four classes of farmland retention techniques: Comparative evaluation and property rights implications. Land Economics 82(2):189-213.
    15. Awokuse, Titus O. and Joshua M. Duke. 2006. The causal structure of land price determinants. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 54(2):227-45.
  • 14. Aull-Hyde, Rhonda, Sevgi Erdogan, and Joshua M. Duke. 2006. An experiment on the consistency of aggregated comparison matrices in AHP. European Journal of Operational Research 171:290-95.
  • 13. Malcolm, Scott A., Joshua M. Duke, and John Mackenzie. 2005. Valuing rights of first refusal for farmland preservation policy. Applied Economics Letters 12:285-88.
  • 12. Duke, Joshua M. 2004. Participation in agricultural land preservation programs: Parcel quality and a complex policy environment. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 33(1):34-49.
  • 11. Duke, Joshua M. and Thomas W. Ilvento. 2004. A conjoint analysis of public preferences for agricultural land preservation. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 33(2):209-19.
  • 10. Duke, Joshua M. and Robert Ehemann. 2004. An application of water scarcity pricing with varying threshold, elasticity, and deficit. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 59(2):59-65,
  • 9. Duke, Joshua M. 2004. Institutions and land-use conflicts: Harm, dispute processing, and transactions. Journal of Economic Issues 38(1):227-52.
  • 8. Duke, Joshua M., Eleonóra Marišová, Anna Bandlerová, and Jana Slovinska. 2004. Price repression in the Slovak agricultural land market. Land Use Policy 21(1):59-69.
  • 7. Duke, Joshua M. and Kristen A. Sentoff. 2003. Managing isolated wetlands after Solid Waste and Tahoe: The case of Delaware. Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law 18(2):355-76.
  • 6. Duke, Joshua M. and Laura A. Csoboth. 2003. Increased scientific capacity and endangered species management: Lessons from the red wolf conflict. Drake Journal of Agricultural Law 8(3):539-90.
  • 5. Duke, Joshua M. and Ryan P. Jost. 2003. Promoting mediation in property rights conflicts. Land Economics 79(1):29-37.
  • 4. Duke, Joshua M. and Scott A. Malcolm. 2003. Legal risk in agriculture: Right-to-farm laws and institutional change. Agricultural Systems 75(2-3):295-303.
  • 3. Duke, Joshua M. 2003. A web-based interface for student peer review, problem-based learning, and peer pressure. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 32:52-6.
  • 2. Duke, Joshua M., Robert W. Ehemann, and John Mackenzie. 2002. The distributional effects of water quantity management strategies: A spatial analysis. The Review of Regional Studies 32(1):19-35.
  • 1. Duke, Joshua M. and Rhonda Aull-Hyde. 2002. Identifying public preferences for land preservation using the analytic hierarchy process. Ecological Economics 42(1-2):131-45.

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