Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity: analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes

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Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity : analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes. / Pedersen, Anders Branth; Nielsen, Helle Ørsted; Daugbjerg, Carsten.

In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Vol. 22, No. 5, 2020, p. 608-619.

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Pedersen, AB, Nielsen, HØ & Daugbjerg, C 2020, 'Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity: analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 608-619. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1806047

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Pedersen, A. B., Nielsen, H. Ø., & Daugbjerg, C. (2020). Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity: analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 22(5), 608-619. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1806047

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Pedersen AB, Nielsen HØ, Daugbjerg C. Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity: analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 2020;22(5):608-619. https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2020.1806047

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Pedersen, Anders Branth ; Nielsen, Helle Ørsted ; Daugbjerg, Carsten. / Environmental policy mixes and target group heterogeneity : analysing Danish farmers' responses to the pesticide taxes. In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 2020 ; Vol. 22, No. 5. pp. 608-619.

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