Genetic Diversity and Interdependent Crop Choices in Agriculture

Posted: 5 Feb 2003

See all articles by Geoffrey M. Heal

Geoffrey M. Heal

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Brian Walker

CSIRO, Mathematical and Information Science

Simon Levin

Princeton University - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Kenneth J. Arrow

Stanford University - Department of Economics

Partha Dasgupta

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics; The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics

Gretchen Daily

Stanford University - Department of Biology

Paul Ehrlich

Stanford University - Department of Biology

Karl-Goran Maler

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics

Jane Lubchenco

Oregon State University - Department of Zoology

Nils Kautsky

Stockholm University - Department of Systems Ecology

David A. Starrett

Stanford University - Department of Economics

Stephen H. Schneider

Stanford University - Department of Biology

Abstract

The extent of genetic diversity in food crops is important as it affects the risk of attack by pathogens. A drop in diversity increases this risk. Farmers may not take this into account when making crop choices, leading to what from a social perspective is an inadequate level of diversity.

Keywords: Genetic diversity, agriculture, Nash equilibrium, external effect

JEL Classification: Q1, Q2, C72

Suggested Citation

Heal, Geoffrey M. and Walker, Brian and Levin, Simon and Arrow, Kenneth J. and Dasgupta, Partha and Daily, Gretchen and Ehrlich, Paul and Maler, Karl-Goran and Lubchenco, Jane and Kautsky, Nils and Starrett, David A. and Schneider, Stephen H., Genetic Diversity and Interdependent Crop Choices in Agriculture. Resource and Energy Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=341780

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Kenneth J. Arrow

Stanford University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Partha Dasgupta

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics ( email )

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Gretchen Daily

Stanford University - Department of Biology ( email )

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Paul Ehrlich

Stanford University - Department of Biology ( email )

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Karl-Goran Maler

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics ( email )

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Jane Lubchenco

Oregon State University - Department of Zoology ( email )

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Nils Kautsky

Stockholm University - Department of Systems Ecology ( email )

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David A. Starrett

Stanford University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Stephen H. Schneider

Stanford University - Department of Biology ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305
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