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Bt Corn And Insect Resistance: An Economic Assessment Of Refuges

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  • Hurley, Terrance M.
  • Babcock, Bruce A.
  • Hellmich, Richard L.

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Genetically engineered crops offer farmers a new option for controlling pests. The high efficacy of these pesticidal crops, combined with the potential for widespread adoption, has raised concerns that pest resistance may prematurely diminish their value. In response to these concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency requires resistance management plans. Current resistance management plans rely on a high-dose refuge strategy. This analysis extends the current framework for evaluating high-dose refuge strategies to include a measure of agricultural productivity and conventional pesticide use. The economic tradeoff relative to agricultural productivity, conventional pesticide use, and pest resistance is assessed when Bt corn is planted to control the European corn borer.

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Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 26 (2001)
Issue (Month): 01 (July)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:31156

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  1. Regev, Uri & Shalit, Haim & Gutierrez, A. P., 1983. "On the optimal allocation of pesticides with increasing resistance: The case of alfalfa weevil," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 86-100, March.
  2. Terrance Hurley & Silvia Secchi & Bruce Babcock & Richard Hellmich, 2002. "Managing the Risk of European Corn Borer Resistance to Bt Corn," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 22(4), pages 537-558, August.
  3. Terrance M. Hurley & Silvia Secchi & Bruce A. Babcock, 1999. "Managing the Risk of European Corn Borer Resistance to Transgenic Corn: An Assessment of Refuge Recommendations," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 99-sr88, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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  1. AMBEC Stefan & DESQUILBET Marion, 2008. "Pest Resistance Regulation and Pest Mobility," LERNA Working Papers 08.21.265, LERNA, University of Toulouse.
  2. Brorsen, B. Wade, 2009. "Research: Are We Valuing the Right Stuff?," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 34(1), April.
  3. Mitchell, Paul D. & Zhu, En (John) & Hurley, Terrance M., 2004. "Adverse Selection, Moral Hazard, And Grower Compliance With Bt Corn Refuge," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20123, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  4. Silvia Secchi & Terrance M. Hurley & Richard L. Hellmich, 2001. "Managing European Corn Borer Resistance to Bt Corn with Dynamic Refuges," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 01-wp287, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  5. Langrock, Ines & Hurley, Terrance M. & Ostlie, Kenneth, 2003. "Farmer Demand For Corn Rootworm Bt Corn: Do Insect Resistance Management Guidelines Matter?," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22033, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Mitchell, Paul D. & Zhu, En (John), 2003. "Moral Hazard And Bt Corn Refuge," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22113, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  7. Stefan Ambec & Marion Desquilbet, 2012. "Regulation of a Spatial Externality: Refuges versus Tax for Managing Pest Resistance," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 51(1), pages 79-104, January.
  8. Grimsrud, Kristine M. & Huffaker, Ray, 2006. "Solving multidimensional bioeconomic problems with singular-perturbation reduction methods: Application to managing pest resistance to pesticidal crops," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 51(3), pages 336-353, May.
  9. Desquilbet, Marion & Hermann, Markus, 2012. "An assessment of bioeconomic modeling of pest resistance with new insights into dynamic refuge fields," TSE Working Papers 12-263, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
  10. Fernandez-Cornejo, Jorge & Livingston, Michael & Mitchell, Lorraine & Wechsler, Seth, 2014. "Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States," Economic Research Report 164263, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  11. Alston, Julian M. & Hyde, Jeffrey & Marra, Michele C. & Mitchell, Paul D., 2003. "An Ex Ante Analysis of the Benefits from the Adoption of Corn Rootworm Resistant, Transgenic Corn Technology," 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia 57828, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  12. Frisvold, George B. & Reeves, Jeanne M., 2008. "The costs and benefits of refuge requirements: The case of Bt cotton," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 87-97, March.
  13. Belcher, Ken & Nolan, James & Phillips, Peter W.B., 2005. "Genetically modified crops and agricultural landscapes: spatial patterns of contamination," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(3), pages 387-401, May.
  14. Mann, John & Adam, Brian D. & Arthur, Frank, 2013. "Stored-grain insect control costs in varying climates and levels of insects’ phosphine resistance," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150631, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  15. Yang, Juan & Mitchell, Paul D., 2004. "Unbalanced Nested Component Error Model For Estimating Pest Damage Functions," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20002, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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