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A Dynamic Principal-Agent Model of Human-Mediated Aquatic Species Invasions

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  • MacPherson, Alexander J.
  • Moore, Rebecca
  • Provencher, Bill
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    This paper presents a dynamic principal-agent model of aquatic species invasions in which a manager, concerned about the spread of invasive species across lakes by boaters, sets interseasonal management controls on a lake-by-lake basis, and boaters make a series of intraseasonal trip decisions to maximize random utility during the course of the season, conditional on the controls imposed by the manager. The results of a simulated invasion of Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) highlight interesting aspects of the optimal management policies under two different management objectives: maximizing boater welfare and minimizing milfoil spread.

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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:10189

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    Keywords: invasive species; random utility model; Eurasion watermilfoil; dynamic optimiza-tion; principal-agent; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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    1. Davis, Alison F. & Moeltner, Klaus, 2010. "Valuing the Prevention of an Infestation: The Threat of the New Zealand Mud Snail in Northern Nevada," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 39(1), February.
    2. Goodenberger, James & Klaiber, H. Allen, 2013. "Evading Invasives: How Eurasian Water-Milfoil Effects the Development of Lakefront Properties," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150309, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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