The Economics of Managing Infectious Wildlife Disease

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Richard D. Horan

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Christopher A. Wolf

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

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Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

We use a two‐state linear control model to examine the socially optimal management of disease in a valuable wildlife population when diseased animals cannot be harvested selectively. The two control variables are nonselective harvests and supplemental feeding of wildlife, where feeding increases both in situ productivity and disease prevalence. We derive a double singular solution which depends on the initial state and does not require bang‐bang controls. The case of bovine tuberculosis among Michigan white‐tailed deer is analyzed. In the base model, the disease is optimally maintained at low levels, with intermittent investments (via feeding) in deer productivity.

Keywords: bovine tuberculosis, double singular solution, linear control, nonselective harvests, white-tailed deer

Suggested Citation

Horan, Richard D. and Wolf, Christopher A., The Economics of Managing Infectious Wildlife Disease (August 2005). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 87, Issue 3, pp. 537-551, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3581122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00746.x

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