Determining Economic Impacts of Alternative Public Land Management Policies on Nevada

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For the state of Nevada and many counties in the state, federal agencies administer or own most of the land area.  For the state of Nevada, approximately 84 percent of land is owned or administered by the federal government. While for the Nevada counties of Esmeralda, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, and White Pine, over 90 percent of the county’s acreage is under federal control.  For the state of Nevada and the seventeen counties in the state, changes in public land management policies will impact economies of the state and its counties.

Often, changes in public land management policies are not researched or analyzed, especially consequences to the local economy and fiscal balances of government. Development of state fiscal Social Accounting Matrix model and state dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model would provide information to Nevada populace regarding future impacts of alternative public land management policies. 

This proposal will extend regional dynamic CGE modeling to address fiscal and resource issues and their impacts on the state economy.  Development of this model will occur in close cooperation with federal, state, and local decision-makers and can act as an important extension education tool for providing information on the economic and fiscal linkages of public lands and the state economy. 

As opposed to many so-called “black-box models,” the state dynamic fiscal CGE model will be open so that data linkages and modeling can be made available to federal, state, and local decision-makers.  Also, sensitivity of impacts from alternative public land management policies will be derived under alternative labor and capital mobilities as well as alternative production models.

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