Expanding Agri-Food Production and Employment in the Presence of Climate Policy Constraints: Quantifying the Trade-Off in Ireland

Ana Corina Miller, Trevor Donnellan, Alan Matthews, Cathal O'Donoghue

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Abstract

This chapter explores the trade-off between competing objectives of employment creation and climate policy commitments in Irish agriculture. A social accounting matrix (SAM) multiplier model is linked with a partial equilibrium agricultural sector model to simulate the impact of a number of GHG emission reduction scenarios, assuming these are achieved through a constraint on beef production. Limiting the size of the beef sector helps to reduce GHG emissions with a very limited impact on the value of agricultural income at the farm level. However, the SAM multiplier analysis shows that there would be significant employment losses in the wider economy. From a policy perspective, a pragmatic approach to GHG emissions reductions in the agriculture sector, which balances opportunities for economic growth in the sector with opportunities to reduce associated GHG emissions, may be required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgricultural Cooperative Management and Policy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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Ireland
GHG emissions
Climate policy
Trade-offs
Food production
Agriculture
Beef
Social accounting matrix
Multiplier
Emission reduction
Farm
Economic growth
Income
Scenarios
Agricultural sector
Partial equilibrium

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Miller, A. C., Donnellan, T., Matthews, A., & O'Donoghue, C. (2014). Expanding Agri-Food Production and Employment in the Presence of Climate Policy Constraints: Quantifying the Trade-Off in Ireland. In Agricultural Cooperative Management and Policy Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06635-6_12
Miller, Ana Corina ; Donnellan, Trevor ; Matthews, Alan ; O'Donoghue, Cathal. / Expanding Agri-Food Production and Employment in the Presence of Climate Policy Constraints: Quantifying the Trade-Off in Ireland. Agricultural Cooperative Management and Policy. Springer International Publishing, 2014.
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Agricultural Cooperative Management and Policy. Springer International Publishing, 2014.

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Miller AC, Donnellan T, Matthews A, O'Donoghue C. Expanding Agri-Food Production and Employment in the Presence of Climate Policy Constraints: Quantifying the Trade-Off in Ireland. In Agricultural Cooperative Management and Policy. Springer International Publishing. 2014 https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06635-6_12