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The impact of alternative policies on livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure: evidence from central China

The impact of alternative policies on livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure: evidence... This article examines the impact of different policy instruments on livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure. The results shed light on the optimal policy combination.Design/methodology/approachA game theoretical framework is constructed to illustrate farmers' optimal strategies under different policies. Theoretical results are empirically tested by survey data from beef cattle farmers in Central China.FindingsEmpirical results show that penalties work better than subsidies if each type of policy is implemented separately. The authors also find a positive interaction between subsidy and penalty policies, suggesting that a combination of subsidy and penalty policies produces the best outcome in incentivizing livestock farmers to recycle manure. Furthermore, planting and breeding simultaneously have the strongest effect on increasing livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure, suggesting that the combination of planting and breeding can be an optimal strategy for manure management.Originality/valueThis study is based on firsthand survey data and provides new evidence on the effectiveness of alternative environmental policies on manure recycling. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Agricultural Economic Review Emerald Publishing

The impact of alternative policies on livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure: evidence from central China

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1756-137X
DOI
10.1108/caer-09-2019-0158
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Abstract

This article examines the impact of different policy instruments on livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure. The results shed light on the optimal policy combination.Design/methodology/approachA game theoretical framework is constructed to illustrate farmers' optimal strategies under different policies. Theoretical results are empirically tested by survey data from beef cattle farmers in Central China.FindingsEmpirical results show that penalties work better than subsidies if each type of policy is implemented separately. The authors also find a positive interaction between subsidy and penalty policies, suggesting that a combination of subsidy and penalty policies produces the best outcome in incentivizing livestock farmers to recycle manure. Furthermore, planting and breeding simultaneously have the strongest effect on increasing livestock farmers' willingness to recycle manure, suggesting that the combination of planting and breeding can be an optimal strategy for manure management.Originality/valueThis study is based on firsthand survey data and provides new evidence on the effectiveness of alternative environmental policies on manure recycling.

Journal

China Agricultural Economic ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 22, 2020

Keywords: Livestock; Manure recycling; Environmental policies; Penalty; Subsidy

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