Land preservation, voluntary programs, and regulatory instruments

In the US, urban sprawl and the resulting loss of farmland and habitats to residential and commercial uses have drawn increasing concerns and led to the establishment of both voluntary programs and regulatory instruments. These programs restrict a landowner’s right to develop land with or without compensation. My dissertation is a study of the effectiveness and impact of those voluntary programs and regulatory instruments. In the first essay, I develop and present an empirical test of the impact of Purchase of Development Rights programs in reducing farmland loss. I use a county-level data on the 269 counties in the six Mid-Atlantic States (Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York)…

Author: LIU, Xiangping

Source: University of Maryland

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