Public concern over land management has never been greater. This book provides a broad overview of the economics of rural land-use change, drawing attention to the meaningful role economic analysis can play in resolving public concern and supporting future, pro-active land management strategies in rural areas. The book's breadth distinguishes it from other recent texts, as it jointly offers rigorous treatments of theoretical and empirical models of rural land-use change and practical discussions of applications and relevant methods. Chapters are specifically designed to demonstrate the types of land-use questions economic analysis can answer, the types of methods that might be employed to answer these questions, and the types of public policy decisions that may be supported by such analysis. The book makes a significant contribution to contemporary land-use research, highlighting the key methodological and public policy issues that will be central to future research on the economics of rural land-use change.
’Researchers and students interested in the intersection of economics, land use change, and policy analysis will find this book invaluable. It is one of the first collections that discusses both recent theory and empirical advances in this resurging field...there is something here to spark the interest of a broad range of professionals and to provide a seemingly endless list of researchable ideas for the student.’ Nancy Bockstael, University of Maryland, USA ’The diverse nature of the various papers illustrates the breadth and importance of the topic in the USA with its competing demands on rural land.’ Experimental Agriculture 'This is a timely review of a changing perspective on rural land use that is driven less and less by agricultural production and increasingly by residential, recreational or environmental consumption. As such, it is set to become a standard reference work.' European Review of Agriculture Economics 'The editors and authors have succeeded in producing a book that can introduce the field of the economics of rural land use to a wide professional audience.' Journal of Regional Science 'This book is most interesting for researchers in the area of GIS/remote sensing and related approaches...[and] will serve a wide audience of people interested in the land-use discussion and its economic dimensions.' International Journal of Environment and Pollution