Political Economy of Biofuels

  • David Zilberman
  • Scott Kaplan
  • Gal Hochman
  • Deepak Rajagopal
Chapter
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 41)

Abstract

While timber and other biomass have been the main sources of fuel for millennia, there has been an increasing emphasis on growing crops and converting feedstock to liquid fuels (Rajagopal et al. 2009) or for use in power plants. These new fuels were induced by government policies and often require a diversion of resources from agricultural to energy production. Analyzing the performance of biofuels and biofuel policies requires a political economic lens—this chapter will provide such a framework to assess biofuels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Zilberman
    • 1
  • Scott Kaplan
    • 2
  • Gal Hochman
    • 3
  • Deepak Rajagopal
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Natural ResourcesUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of AgriculturalResource Economics at the University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource EconomicsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  4. 4.Institute of EnvironmentUniversity of California Los-AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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