Projects Funded for Larry S. Karp

2016-2017

Land Use Change and Carbon Costs from Demand for Wood for Bioenergy

  • Larry S. Karp

Abstract

Specific Objectives of the Project:
(1) Estimate own-price demand elasticities for wood products and cross-price demand elasticities for wood alternatives in a structural model using instrumental variables.
(2) Quantify effects of increased demand for wood for bioenergy on food production and cropland availability in California, wood harvesting and planting in California, and California’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Project Report/Summary of Results:
We gathered and cleaned US region-level consumption data on quantities of intermediate wood products and end-use wood products. We then created a mapping between region-intermediate products and end uses.
We completed literature reviews of (1) papers that empirically estimate wood product elasticities, (2) forestry models and tree production functions, and (3) bioenergy papers modelling the effect of wood bioenergy use on food production and cropland availability, wood harvesting and planting, and greenhouse gas emissions.
We estimated own-price demand elasticities for wood products and cross-price demand elasticities for wood alternatives in a structural model using instrumental variables. We estimate the own-price elasticity of demand for roundwood is between -.5 and -.8. We estimate the own-price elasticity of demand for cement is -0.15.

2015-2016

Estimating Agricultural Acreage Responses to Input Prices: Groundwater in California

  • Larry S. Karp

2008-2009

Optimal Dam Construction under Climate Uncertainty and Anticipated Learning

  • Larry S. Karp

2005-2006

Investment Agreements and Natural Resource Management in California

  • Larry S. Karp

2001-2002

Estimating Environmental Indices for California Agriculture

  • George G. Judge
  • Larry S. Karp

2000-2001

Dynamic Water Regulation under Uncertainty and Endogenous Learning

  • Jiangfeng Zhang
  • Larry S. Karp