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Sustained economic growth, coupled with population and income growth, have brought about rapid change in land use and created a tremendous need for in-depth economic analysis of land use patterns.

Research and Extension faculty in the Department are actively engaged with a number of land use issues. Economic considerations involving land use are considered in several of our classes.

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Extension

Many of the classes we offer address land use and land use change. These include:

Our students also take classes in other departments in CASNAR and the University that include land use topics. The Natural Resource and Environmental Economics concentration lists several of them.

 

The Department is engaged in studying a variety of issues related to land use and land use change including: interactions between land development and value, the effects of urban growth boundaries, valuation of open space, the policy and practice of land conservation, urban sprawl, real estate submarket structure, housing price and land development forecasting, and farmland fragmentation.

Recent publications include:

  • Perceptions and Preferences of Blount County Residents Regarding the conversion of Land to a Dairy or Residential Development
    Lambert, D.M., C.D.Clark, M.D. Wilcox, S. Cho and G.F.Smith 2009
  • Forecasting Open Space with a Two-Rate Property Tax
    Cho, S., D.M. Lambert, and R.K. Roberts
    Land Economics 86. 2010
  • Valuing Diversity and Spatial Patterns of Open Space Plots in Urban Neighborhoods
    Neelam, P.C., D.G. Hodges, B.E. Tonn, and S. Cho
    Forest Policy and Economics 12. 2010
  • Demand for Open Space and Urban Sprawl: The Case of Knox County, Tennessee
    Cho, S., D.M. Lambert, R.K. Roberts, and S. Kim
    Progress in Spatial Analysis: Theory and Computation, and Thematic Applications (Eds) A. Páez, J. Le Gallo, R. Buliung, S. Dall’Erba, Springer, Berlin, forthcoming
  • Valuation of Spatial Configurations and Forest Types in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
    Cho, S. S. Jung, and S. Kim
    Environmental Management. Published Online. http://www.springerlink.com/content/c265t175530l6082
    2008
  • Forecasting House Prices under Alternative Submarket Assumptions
    Chen, Z., S. Cho, N.C. Poudyal, and R.K. Roberts
    Urban Studies, 45, 2008
  • The Effects of Urban Growth Boundary on Housing Price at Knox County, Tennessee
    Cho, S., Z. Chen, and S.T. Yen
    Review of Regional Studies, 38, 2008
  • Effects of Urban Sprawl on Hunting Participation in the Southeastern United States
    Poudyal, N.S., S. Cho, and D.G. Hodges
    Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 32:134-138. 2008
  • Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Housing Market Values of Lot Size and Open Space
    Cho, S., C.D. Clark, W.M. Park, and S. Kim
    Land Economics, 84, 2008
  • Estimating Spatially Varying Effects of Urban Growth Boundaries on Land Development and Land Value
    Cho, S., N.C. Poudyal, D.M. Lambert
    Land Use Policy, 25: 320-329, 2008
  • Spatial Analysis of the Amenity Value of Green Open Space
    Cho, S., N.C. Poudyal, R.K. Roberts
    Ecological Economics, 65, 2008
  • Modeling Willingness to Pay for Land Conservation Easements: Treatment of Zero and Protest Bids with Application and Policy Implications
    Cho, S., S.T. Yen, J.M. Bowker and D.H. Newman
    Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 40, 2008
  • Socio-Demographic and Market Forces of Land Use Change in Northern Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
    Poudyal, N.C., S. Cho, J.D. Strickland, and D.G. Hodges
    International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics 10:53-62. 2008
  • Spatial Analysis of the Amenity Value of Green Open Space
    Cho, S., N.C. Poudyal, and R.K. Roberts
    Ecological Economics 66:403-416. 2008
  • The Impact of an Urban Growth Boundary on Land Development in Knox County, Tennessee: A Comparison of Two-Stage Probit Least Squares and Multilayer Neural Network Models
    Cho, S., O.A. Omitaomu, N.C. Poudyal, and D.B. Eastwood
    Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 39:701-717. 2007
  • Cure for Urban Sprawl: Measuring the Ratio of Marginal Implicit Prices of Density-to-Lot-Size
    Cho, S. and R.K. Roberts
    Review of Agricultural Economics, 29:572-579. 2007
  • Spatial Analysis of Rural Economic Development Using a Locally Weighted Regression Model
    Cho, S., S. Kim, C.D. Clark, and W.M. Park
    Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 36:24-38. 2007
  • The Effect of Local Regulations on Urban Development in the Western United States
    Wu, J. and S. Cho
    Regional Science and Urban Economics 37:69-86. 2007
  • Measuring the Contribution of Water and Green Space to Housing Values: An Application and Comparison of Spatially-Weighted Hedonic Models
    Cho, S., J.M. Bowker, and W.M. Park
    Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 31:485-507. 2006
  • Two Dimensions of the Spatial Distribution of Housing: Dependency and Heterogeneity across Tennessee’s Six Metropolitan Statistical Areas
    Cho, S., C.D. Clark, and W.M. Park
    Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 38:299-316. 2006
  • Estimating Effects of an Urban Growth Boundary on Land Development
    Cho, S., Z. Chen, S.T. Yen, and D.B. Eastwood
    Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 38: 287-298. 2006
  • The Effects of Urban Sprawl on Body Mass Index: Where People Live Does Matter?
    Cho, S., Z. Chen, S.T. Yen, and D.B. Eastwood
    Consumer Interests Annual 52:159-169. 2006
  • Spatial Analysis of Housing Growth
    Cho, S., B.C. English, and R.K. Roberts
    Review of Regional Studies 35:311-335. 2005
  • Spatial Analysis of Rural Land Development
    Cho, S. and D.H. Newman
    Forest Policy and Economics 7:732-744. 2005
  • Measuring Rural Home Owners’ Willingness to Pay for Land Conservation Easements
    Cho, S., D.H. Newman, and J.M. Bowker
    Forest Policy and Economics 7:757-770. 2005
  • Community Choices and Housing Demands: A Spatial Analysis of the Southern Appalachian Highlands
    Cho, S., D.H. Newman, and D.N. Wear
    Housing Studies 20:549-569. 2005
  • Measuring Interactions among Urban Development, Land Use Regulations, and Public Finance
    Cho, S., J. Wu, and W.G. Boggess
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics 85:988-999. 2003
  • Impacts of Second Home Development on Housing Prices in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
    Cho, S., D.H. Newman, and D.N. Wear
    Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies 15:208-225. 2003
  • Estimating Households’ Preferences for Environmental Amenities Using Equilibrium Models of Local Jurisdictions
    Wu, J. and S. Cho
    Scottish Journal of Political Economy 50:189-206. 2003


More publications are listed on our Land Use Publications page.

Our Extension faculties collaborate with county Extension offices to assist individuals and communities make better informed land use decisions. Efforts include helping to identify and understand the issues involved in a particular decision, to evaluate results from research that addresses the issues at hand, to evaluate potential outcomes, and to better understand land use policy, law and regulation.

Recent publications intended for landowners and decision-makers include:

Farm and Forest Land Preservation with Conservation Easements
Clark, C. D., G. F. Smith, and L. Tankersley, 2007

Farm and Forest Land Preservation with Conservation Easements
Clark, C. D., L. Tankersley, G. Smith, and D. Starnes
SP646, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2005

More publications are listed on our Land Use Publications page