It is essential to study the relationship between environmental features and human land-use activities that can provide a better understanding of human-environment interactions. In a response, this dissertation addresses the human-environment issues from different perspectives in three essays.
The first essay conducts an integrated analysis to investigate the impacts of...
This study investigates the share of open space that maximizes total private property values in urban areas. Open space poses a number of trade-offs to city managers. On the one hand, previous studies have shown that certain kinds of open space can increase property values, which tends to increase tax...
This study determines the optimal allocation of watershed conservation
funds in the John Day River Basin, Oregon. Fund managers can use a variety of
targeting schemes to allocate their limited resources. Depending on which targeting
criteria is used, they may or may not be achieving the maximum environmental
The publicly subsidized Federal Crop Insurance Program has expanded rapidly in recent decades in the United States. With the reform in the 2014 Farm Bill, the Federal Crop Insurance Program has become the most important component of U.S. farm policies. The primary goal of the program is to provide risk...
Environmental quality and the spatial distribution of economic activities affect each other in many ways. The primary purpose of this dissertation is to contribute to understanding the complex interrelationship and its policy implications. This dissertation consists of three essays.
The first essay examines the roles that locational amenities and increasing...
Recent climate change forecasts have aroused growing interest in the influence of water
scarcity and climate on agricultural production and irrigation practice. However, it is common in
the economic literature to aggregate disparate crops when modeling irrigation choices. That
approach confounds the crop-specific effects of climate and water scarcity that...
This study develops theoretical and empirical models to analyze the
motivations and outcomes of Oregon business decisions for voluntary
environmental management. More specifically, the following issues are explored
in this study: What motivates a facility to over-comply with environmental
regulations? Why does a facility adopt an environmental management plan
This dissertation consists of three papers on land use economics and policies.
The first two papers focus primarily on local land use policies and urban development.
The third paper addresses the question how environmental amenities affect
households' residential choices in a metropolitan area.
In the first paper, an option value...
This dissertation consists of three papers on agricultural nonpoint source pollution
and control. The first paper focuses primarily on agricultural land use changes under
alternative conservation policies. The second and third papers address environmental
implications of these policies and their cost effectiveness.
In the first paper, the effect of alternative...