The Economics of Managing Infectious Wildlife Disease

Posted: 20 Dec 2005

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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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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 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. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 537-551, August 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=856515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2005.00746.x

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