Over-perception about Land Use Changes: Assessing Empirical Evidence and Linkage with Decisions and Motivated Beliefs

dc.contributor.author Feng, Hongli
dc.contributor.author Wang, Tong
dc.contributor.author Hennessy, David A.
dc.contributor.author Arora, Gaurav
dc.contributor.department Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
dc.contributor.department Economics
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-23T18:29:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-02-23T18:29:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-11
dc.description.abstract Perception biases documented in the literature often pertain to subject matters that are difficult to observe or measure such as one’s ability. We study perception biases with respect to a concrete indicator that can be objectively measured: land use changes in a local area. We examine four hypotheses about land use change perceptions and test them with farm survey data complemented by satellite data. We discover systematic biases in farmers’ perceptions about local land use changes that are consistent with motivated beliefs, and also evidence that links perceptions with intended future land conversions. Alternative explanations and policy implications are discussed.
dc.description.comments JEL Classifications: Q1, Q5, D91
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/ywAbGVnv
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher © 2021 The Authors
dc.relation.ispartofseries 21-WP 626
dc.subject behavioral economics
dc.subject farm survey
dc.subject grassland conversions
dc.subject human dimensions
dc.subject land use policy
dc.subject perception biases
dc.title Over-perception about Land Use Changes: Assessing Empirical Evidence and Linkage with Decisions and Motivated Beliefs
dc.type Working Paper
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