American Agriculture, Water Resources, and Climate Change
This paper highlights the role of agriculture in the American economy and society over time and points to farmer historical and contemporary responses to varying climatic conditions. It indicates the importance of water as an input to agricultural production and identifies possible impacts of climate change on access to water. It then summarizes a set of eleven papers from an NBER research project on water, climate change, and the agricultural sector.
The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.