Crop Disease and Agricultural Productivity

49 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

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Christine Carroll

California State University, Chico

Colin A. Carter

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Rachael E. Goodhue

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Cynthia Lin

University of California, Davis

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

Crop diseases and how they are managed can have a large impact on agricultural productivity. This paper discusses the effects on agricultural productivity of Verticillium dahliae, a soil borne fungus that is introduced to the soil via infested spinach seeds and that causes subsequent lettuce crops to be afflicted with Verticillium wilt. We use a dynamic structural econometric model of Verticillium wilt management for lettuce crops in Monterey County, California to examine the effects of Verticillium wilt on crop-fumigation decisions and on grower welfare. We also discuss our research on the externalities that arise with renters, and between seed companies and growers due to Verticillium wilt, as these disease-related externalities have important implications for agricultural productivity.

Suggested Citation

Carroll, Christine and Carter, Colin A. and Goodhue, Rachael E. and Lin, Cynthia, Crop Disease and Agricultural Productivity (June 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23513. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988734

Christine Carroll (Contact Author)

California State University, Chico ( email )

Chico, CA 95929
United States

Colin A. Carter

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

Rachael E. Goodhue

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
916-754-7812 (Phone)
530-752-5614 (Fax)

Cynthia Lin

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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