The Impact of the Livestock Friendly Designation on the Nebraska Cattle Industry: A Difference-in-Difference with Staggered Treatment Analysis
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
In 2003, the Nebraska Legislature enacted the Livestock Friendly County designation program to promote the livestock industry in the state. Forty-nine of the state's 93 counties received the designation at staggered years. Our paper estimates the causal effect of the program on the state's cattle industry using a fixed effect difference-in-difference model that accounts for self-selection and staggered designation. Results indicate that the program does not appear to have a statewide effect on livestock expansion, but it is effective in some crop reporting districts. We offer some hypotheses on why this may be the case and draw some policy implications.
Dhoubhadel, S., & Azzam, A. (2021). The Impact of the Livestock Friendly Designation on the Nebraska Cattle Industry: A Difference-in-Difference with Staggered Treatment Analysis. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 53 (2), 169-185. https://doi.org/10.1017/aae.2021.1