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This study presents a methodology for estimating land use shares and transitions. Our approach emphasizes the importance of land quality in determining land use. Land quality is an index of the physical characteristics of land such as soil depth, slope, and water capacity. We develop a procedure for recovering the probability that land of a given quality is put t o a particular use. In addition, we identify the probability that land shifts from one use to another.
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Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Planting, A.J., and D.J. Miller. 1997. Maximum entropy estimation of land use shares and transitions. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 166.