Handbook of Bioenergy Economics and Policy

  • Madhu Khanna
  • Jürgen Scheffran
  • David Zilberman

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Madhu Khanna, Jürgen Scheffran, David Zilberman
      Pages 3-13
    3. Gerald C. Nelson
      Pages 15-25
    4. Frank G. Dohleman, Emily A. Heaton, Stephen P. Long
      Pages 27-37
  3. Interactions Between Biofuels, Agricultural Markets and Trade

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Teresa Serra, David Zilberman, José M. Gil, Barry K. Goodwin
      Pages 55-72
    3. Jacinto F. Fabiosa, John C. Beghin, Fengxia Dong, Amani Elobeid, Simla Tokgoz, Tun-Hsiang Yu
      Pages 113-132
  4. Designing the Infrastructure for Biofuels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Seungmo Kang, Hayri Önal, Yanfeng Ouyang, Jürgen Scheffran, Ü Deniz Tursun
      Pages 151-173
    3. Peter Goldsmith, Renato Rasmussen, Guilherme Signorini, Joao Martines, Carolina Guimaraes
      Pages 175-192
  5. Environmental Effects of Biofuels and Biofuel Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Deepak Rajagopal, Gal Hochman, David Zilberman
      Pages 219-231
    3. Amy W. Ando, Madhu Khanna, Farzad Taheripour
      Pages 233-250
    4. Gal Hochman, Steven Sexton, David Zilberman
      Pages 267-286
    5. Madhu Khanna, Hayri Önal, Xiaoguang Chen, Haixiao Huang
      Pages 287-305
    6. L.A. Kurkalova, S. Secchi, P.W. Gassman
      Pages 307-323
  6. Economic Effects of Bioenergy Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Harry de Gorter, David R. Just
      Pages 347-364
    3. Fredrich Kahrl, David Roland-Holst
      Pages 385-400
    4. Jean-Christophe Bureau, Hervé Guyomard, Florence Jacquet, David Tréguer
      Pages 401-423
    5. Madhu Khanna
      Pages 425-430
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 431-439

About this book


Concerns about energy security, uncertainty about oil prices, declining oil reserves, and global climate change are fueling a shift towards bioenergy as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Public policies and private investments around the globe are aiming to increase local capacity to produce biofuels. A key constraint to the expansion of biofuel production is the limited amount of land available to meet the needs for fuel, feed, and food in the coming decades. Large-scale biofuel production raises concerns about food versus fuel tradeoffs, about demands for natural resources such as water, and about potential impacts on environmental quality.

The book is organized into five parts. The introductory part provides a context for the emerging economic and policy challenges related to bioenergy and the motivations for biofuels as an energy source. The second part of the handbook includes chapters that examine the implications of expanded production of first generation biofuels for the allocation of land between food and fuel and for food/feed prices and trade in biofuels as well as the potential for technology improvements to mitigate the food vs. fuel competition for land. Chapters in the third part examine the infrastructural and logistical challenges posed by large scale biofuel production and the factors that will influence the location of biorefineries and the mix of feedstocks they use. The fourth part includes chapters that examine the environmental implications of biofuels, their implications for the design of policies and the unintended environmental consequences of existing biofuel policies. The final part presents economic analysis of the market, social welfare, and distributional effects of biofuel policies.


Biofuels Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas Emissions biodiesel bioenergy biofuel

Editors and affiliations

  • Madhu Khanna
    • 1
  • Jürgen Scheffran
    • 2
  • David Zilberman
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Agricultural & Consumer EconomicsUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaU.S.A.
  2. 2.ACDISUniversity of IllinoisChampaignU.S.A.
  3. 3.College of Natural ResourcesUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyU.S.A.

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