Analysis of an Emerging Market: Can Methyl Iodide Substitute for Methyl Bromide?

Posted: 11 Sep 2000

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Brent Hueth

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruce McWilliams

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

David L. Sunding

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

David Zilberman

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Abstract

Recent amendments to the Montreal Protocol specify a 100% reduction in methyl bromide consumption in all developed countries by the year 2005 (except for "critical uses"). In this paper we consider one possible chemical substitute to methyl bromide, methyl iodide, that until recently has received little attention as a potential alternative. We examine the viability of methyl iodide using information from studies of the economic benefits of methyl bromide to California agricultural producers and of methyl iodide effectiveness in pre-plant fumigation experiments, and from an assessment of the world market for iodine.

JEL Classification: Q16

Suggested Citation

Hueth, Brent and McWilliams, Bruce and Sunding, David L. and Zilberman, David, Analysis of an Emerging Market: Can Methyl Iodide Substitute for Methyl Bromide?. Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 22, Issue 1, Spring 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=236853

Brent Hueth (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruce McWilliams

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy

2607 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-3310
United States

David L. Sunding

University of California, Berkeley - The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy ( email )

Center for Sustainable Resource Development and Cooperative
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

David Zilberman

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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