The Economics of Controlling Insect-Transmitted Plant Diseases

Posted: 1 Jun 2002

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Cheryl Brown

Southeast Missouri State University - Department of Agriculture

David Zilberman

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

Lori Lynch

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Abstract

A framework is developed to analyze a spatially dependent economically significant pest problem emanating from a source and spreading via a carrier such as an insect. Transmission and/or source control to combat the pest or disease problem are explored. Alternative assumptions about the effectiveness of transmission control and the feasibility and costs, both social and private, of reduction of the pest population at the source are examined in an application of the model to controlling Pierce's disease in California wine grapes.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Cheryl and Zilberman, David and Lynch, Lori, The Economics of Controlling Insect-Transmitted Plant Diseases. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 84, pp. 279-291, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=312037

Cheryl Brown (Contact Author)

Southeast Missouri State University - Department of Agriculture ( email )

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David Zilberman

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

Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Lori Lynch

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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College Park, MD 20742-5535
United States
301-405-1264 (Phone)

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