An Economic Analysis of Alternative Grazing Fee Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • Congress called for an evaluation of potential grazing fees and fee alternatives by 1985. This study contributes to that evaluation and constitutes an economic evaluation of the current and seven other fee systems. Fee systems are evaluated for total welfare, income distribution, future discrepancies between fees and forage values, public administration cost, usage potential, administrative feasibility, and data requirements. These criteria are found to be mutually inconsistent, particularly for welfare, future discrepancies, public administration cost, and income distribution. Fee systems most consistent with these criteria involve ones based on private land lease rates, government administration costs, or competitive bidding. 1985 American Agricultural Economics Association.

published proceedings

  • American Journal of Agricultural Economics

author list (cited authors)

  • McCarl, B. A., & Brokken, R. F.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • McCarl, Bruce A||Brokken, Ray F

publication date

  • November 1985