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Shiller Singles Out Farmland as Bubble Candidate: Chart of Day

U.S. farmland may turn into “the next big speculative bubble” as prices climb, according to Robert J. Shiller, a Yale University economics professor.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows that the value of agricultural land in the upper Midwest has doubled since 2002, according to data compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The chart also depicts farm values in inflation-adjusted terms, which are approaching their highs from the 1970s. The region encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.