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The Economics of Biofuel Policy and Biotechnology
Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization (2008)
  • Gal Hochman
  • Steven E Sexton, University of California - Berkeley
  • David Zilberman
Abstract

This paper employs a partial equilibrium trade framework to show that biofuel policy can substitute for traditional agricultural policy intended to boost farm welfare. It also shows how food market volatility can induce periods of boom and bust in the ethanol industry, causing episodes of bankruptcy and reduced capital investment. This paper further models the effects of two specific technological innovations—cellulosic ethanol and agricultural biotechnology—on food and fuel markets and demonstrates that technology can reduce ethanol market volatility. A parameterized model is used to characterize the impacts of biofuels on food and fuel markets.

Keywords
  • trade,
  • agricultural policy,
  • biofuels,
  • energy,
  • land-use
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Gal Hochman, Steven E Sexton and David Zilberman. "The Economics of Biofuel Policy and Biotechnology" Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization Vol. 6 Iss. 2 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sexton/22/