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Working papers (WP) published by the Dyson School are journal-article-length research papers. They are used to share research results in a timely fashion and garner input from professional peers prior to anticipated publication in professional journals. The most recent Working Papers can be accessed from the Dyson School web site here: https://dyson.cornell.edu/faculty-research/working-papers/.

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    Measuring stocks of community wealth & their association with food systems efforts in rural & urban places.
    Schmit, T.M.; Jablonski, B.B.R.; Bonanno, A.; Johnson, T.G. (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2020-06)
    Healthy, sustainable communities depend on cumulative investments in a broad range of capital assets, yet little research sets forth comprehensive measures of their stocks or the relationships of capital assets to community outcomes or policy efficacy. We develop a comprehensive set of indicators associated with stocks of community-based wealth at the county level. Including such indicators when evaluating community outcomes addresses a missing-variables problem of prior efforts and allows one to control for and quantify the importance of community capital assets in concert with traditional modeling efforts. To illustrate their use, we evaluate the association between the percentage of farms selling through direct local food markets and community capital stocks for both metro and nonmetro counties. In so doing, we demonstrate clear differences across metro and nonmetro classifications and the need for public and/or private planning efforts to consider preexisting levels of community capitals in appropriately framing food system interventions, policies, and strategies for development.
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    Preferences and the effectiveness of behavior-change interventions: Evidence from adoption of improved cookstoves in India
    Jeuland, Marc; Pattanayak, Subhrendu; Tan Soo, Jie-Sheng; Usmani, Faraz (2019)
    Preference heterogeneity can influence behavior in economically significant ways, thereby influencing the effectiveness of environmental policies or interventions. We test this hypothesis in the context of efficient cooking technology in India. We use stated preference methods to first characterize household tastes for various features of a more efficient cooking technology. We then relate these typically unobserved preferences to households' adoption decisions during an experiment that allowed them to choose between two alternatives with different features. Stated preferences help predict actual adoption: households initially classified as uninterested are less likely to purchase and use any new technology, while relative distaste for pollution is linked to selection of a cleaner technology. Because of this influence on adoption behaviors, preference heterogeneity has important implications for how environmental policies can impact various health and development outcomes.
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    Measuring the Risks of New York Dairy Producers
    Schmit, Todd M.; Boisvert, Richard N.; Tauer, Loren W. (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1999-05-01)
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    Income Distribution and Development
    Kanbur, Ravi (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-11-01)
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    Non-Linear Utility Pricing and Targeting the Poor
    Kanbur, Ravi; Tarkiainen, Ritva; Tuomala, Matti (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-11-01)
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    Which Regional Inequality? The Evolution of Rural-Urban and Inland-Coastal Inequality in China, 1983-1995
    Kanbur, Ravi; Zhang, Xiao-Bo (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-08-01)
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    The Kyoto Protocol, Cafe Standards, and Gasoline Taxes
    Agras, Jean; Chapman, Duane (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-08-01)
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    Estimates of Individual Dairy Farm Supply Elasticities
    Tauer, Loren W. (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-07-01)
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    Effects of Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act on Local Government Finance and Rural Residents in New York
    Tsao, Leo; Schmit, Todd M.; Boisvert, Richard N. (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-07-01)
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    The Shoreham Deal: A View from Upstate
    Mount, Timothy D. (Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 1998-05-01)