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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. Lawley; C. Towe
Publication Date: April 2014

Perpetual conservation easements permanently remove the option to convert existing habitat to more intensive agricultural production. If existing habitat is at threat of conversion, removing the option to convert will reduce land values. In this article, we estimate the land value discount resulting from perpetual habitat conservation easements by using propensity score matching. We find that on the average eased parcel, land values fall by approximately $86 per acre for every acre of eased habitat. On average, our results suggest that landowners have been adequately compensated and conservation agencies have successfully secured habitat at risk of conversion. © The Authors (2014). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. All rights reserved.

Citation: Lawley, C., and C. Towe. 2014. Capitalized costs of habitat conservation easements. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, v. 96, no. 3, p. 657-672. 10.1093/ajae/aau012.

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  • additionality
  • conservation easements
  • conservation easements
  • habitat conversion
  • land management
  • land use
  • land use
  • land values
  • prairie pothole habitat
  • prairies
  • propensity score
  • wetlands
  • wetlands
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