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Examining for Evidence of the Leapfrog Effect in the Context of Strict Agricultural Zoning

Examining for Evidence of the Leapfrog Effect in the Context of Strict Agricultural Zoning Abstract: While strict agricultural zoning policies, or greenbelts, are implemented to reduce urban sprawl, such policies may result in the leapfrog effect, which could cause sprawl to extend further. This paper outlines a theoretical explanation for the occurrence of the leapfrog effect due to developent restrictions imposed by agricultural zoning. This theory is then applied empirically to a setting where agricultural zoning has been implemented: Ontario’s Greenbelt. The results provide evidence that the leapfrog effect has occurred around the Greenbelt, as farmland values just beyond the outer boundary have increased. Extensive sensitivity analysis supports this result. (JEL Q15, R52) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Land Economics University of Wisconsin Press

Examining for Evidence of the Leapfrog Effect in the Context of Strict Agricultural Zoning

Land Economics , Volume 88 (3) – Jul 10, 2012

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Abstract

Abstract: While strict agricultural zoning policies, or greenbelts, are implemented to reduce urban sprawl, such policies may result in the leapfrog effect, which could cause sprawl to extend further. This paper outlines a theoretical explanation for the occurrence of the leapfrog effect due to developent restrictions imposed by agricultural zoning. This theory is then applied empirically to a setting where agricultural zoning has been implemented: Ontario’s Greenbelt. The results provide evidence that the leapfrog effect has occurred around the Greenbelt, as farmland values just beyond the outer boundary have increased. Extensive sensitivity analysis supports this result. (JEL Q15, R52)

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Land EconomicsUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jul 10, 2012

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