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Prevention, Eradication, and Containment of Invasive Species: Illustrations from Hawaii

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  • Burnett, Kimberly M.
  • Kaiser, Brooks A.
  • Pitafi, Basharat A.K.
  • Roumasset, James A.

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Invasive species change ecosystems and the economic services such ecosystems provide. Optimal policy will minimize the expected damages and costs of prevention and control. We seek to explain policy outcomes as a function of biological and economic factors, using the case of Hawaii to illustrate. First, we consider an existing invader, Miconia calvescens, a plant with the potential to reduce biodiversity, soil cover, and water availability. We then examine an imminent threat, the potential arrival of the Brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis). The arrival of the snake in Guam has led to native bird extirpations, power outages, and health costs.

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Article provided by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in its journal Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Volume (Year): 35 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:10178

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Keywords: invasive species; bioeconomics; optimal control; Miconia calvescens; Boiga; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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  1. Brooks Kaiser & Kimberly Burnett & James Roumasset, 2006. "Control of Invasive Species: Lessons from Miconia in Hawaii," Working Papers 200608, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  2. Burnett, Kimberly M. & D'Evelyn, Sean & Kaiser, Brooks A. & Nantamanasikarn, Porntawee & Roumasset, James A., 2008. "Beyond the lamppost: Optimal prevention and control of the Brown Tree Snake in Hawaii," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 66-74, August.
  3. Kimberly Burnett & Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin & James Roumasset, 2012. "Species Invasion as Catastrophe: The Case of the Brown Tree Snake," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 51(2), pages 241-254, February.
  4. Kaiser, Brooks A. & Burnett, Kimberly M., 2010. "Spatial economic analysis of early detection and rapid response strategies for an invasive species," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 566-585, November.

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