Optimal Soil Management and Environmental Policy
Gilles Lafforgue, Walid Oueslati
Soil erosion,Pollution,Environmental policy,Optimal soil conservation,Abatement activities
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
This paper studies the effects of environmental policy on the farmer’s soil optimal management. We consider a dynamic economic model of soil erosion where the intensity use of inputs allows the farmer to control soil losses. Therefore, inputs use induces a pollution which is accentuated by the soil fragility. We show, at the steady state, that the environmental tax induces a more conservative farmer behavior for soil, but in some cases it can exacerbate pollution. These effects can be moderated when farmers introduce abatement activity.