The incidence of U.S. agricultural subsidies on farmland rental rates
Author(s)Kirwan, Barrett E., 1974-
Incidence of United States agricultural subsidies on farmland rental rates
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics.
David H. Autor.
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This paper identifies the effect of agricultural subsidies on farmland rental rates in the United States. Rental agreements are primarily between farmers and non-farmer landlords, but no evidence exists concerning the incidence of subsidies on these two groups. By exploiting a unique policy change in 1996 and a nationally representative dataset of individual farms, I solve the endogeneity problem with fixed effects and instrumental variables techniques. I show that non-farmer landlords capture forty percent of the marginal subsidy dollar per acre. This finding is in sharp contrast to the basic assumptions in the literature that suggest full incidence on the landlords. I discuss possible characteristics of the farmland rental market that would result in less than perfect incidence.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 35-36).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Economics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology