Managing Infectious Animal Disease Systems

Posted: 19 Oct 2010

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Richard D. Horan

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Eli P. Fenichel

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Christopher A. Wolf

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Ben Gramig

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: October 2010

Abstract

We review the bioeconomic and disease ecology literatures on managing the spread of infectious diseases among and between wild and domestic animals. Management recommendations derived from these two literatures are compared and shown to differ due to the way each treats human behaviors. Conventional disease ecology models treat human behaviors as external to the disease system, whereas bioeconomic analysis treats behavior as an internal component of a jointly determined human-disease ecology system. The complexities of animal disease systems, including multiple state variables and imperfect controls, are shown to influence the overall level of optimal disease control, the optimal allocation of controls across species and activities, and long-run outcomes. Eradication is not always optimal, nor may it be optimal to pursue a steady-state outcome. Human responses to disease risks in decentralized settings are also examined. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of future research avenues.

Suggested Citation

Horan, Richard D. and Fenichel, Eli P. and Wolf, Christopher A. and Gramig, Benjamin, Managing Infectious Animal Disease Systems (October 2010). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 101-124, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694338 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.resource.012809.103859

Richard D. Horan (Contact Author)

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Eli P. Fenichel

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ( email )

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Christopher A. Wolf

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Benjamin Gramig

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

United States

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