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Does Agriculture Generate Local Economic Spillovers? Short-run and Long-run Evidence from the Ogallala Aquifer
RFF Academic Seminar
Presenter
Richard Hornbeck
Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University
 
Abstract
Agricultural development may support broader economic development, though agricultural expansion may also crowd-out local non-agricultural activity. On the United States Plains, areas over the Ogallala aquifer experienced windfall agricultural gains when post-WWII technologies increased farmers' access to groundwater. Comparing counties over the Ogallala with nearby similar counties, local non-agricultural sectors experienced only short-run benefits. Despite substantial persistent agricultural gains, there was no long-run expansion of local non-agricultural sectors and there are some indications of crowd-out. With the benefit of long-run historical perspective, supporting local agricultural production does not appear to generate local economic spillovers that might justify its distortionary impacts.
Date
Thursday, November 8, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Location
1st Floor Conference Room
1616 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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