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Sustainability 2011, 3(10), 1688-1722;

Inserting Ecological Detail into Economic Analysis: Agricultural Nutrient Loading of an Estuary Fishery

Department of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming, 3985, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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Received: 5 August 2011 / Accepted: 7 September 2011 / Published: 30 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental and Resource Economics)
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Linked general equilibrium economic and ecological models are connected through agricultural runoff and the fisheries. They are applied to a North Carolina estuary in which agricultural runoff alters phytoplankton densities and the resulting hypoxia leads to diminished fisheries. The effects of hypoxia on multiple species across space are analyzed and the joint economic and ecosystem wide response to a policy of reduced runoff is quantified. The approach provides an assessment of changes in ecological welfare (in terms of species populations) and economic welfare (in terms of equivalent variations) following reductions in runoff. View Full-Text
Keywords: general equilibrium; ecosystem; welfare; nutrient loading general equilibrium; ecosystem; welfare; nutrient loading
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Finnoff, D.; Tschirhart, J. Inserting Ecological Detail into Economic Analysis: Agricultural Nutrient Loading of an Estuary Fishery. Sustainability 2011, 3, 1688-1722.

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