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The Economics of Managing Infectious Wildlife Disease


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  • Richard D. Horan
  • Christopher A. Wolf


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. Copyright 2005, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 87 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 537-551

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:87:y:2005:i:3:p:537-551

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  1. Anders Skonhoft & Asle Gauteplass, 2012. "Optimal exploitation of a renewable resource with capital limitations," Working Paper Series 12912, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  2. Horan, Richard D. & Shogren, Jason F. & Gramig, Benjamin M., 2006. "Wildlife Conservation Payments to Address Habitat Fragmentation and Disease Risks," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21076, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Hennessy, David A., 2005. "Behavioral Incentives, Equilibrium Endemic Disease, and Health Management Policy for Farmed Animals," Staff General Research Papers 12489, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  4. Gramig, Benjamin M. & Horan, Richard D. & Wolf, Christopher A., 2005. "A Model of Incentive Compatibility under Moral Hazard in Livestock Disease Outbreak Response," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19200, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  5. Xie, Fang & Horan, Richard D., 2009. "Disease and Behavioral Dynamics for Brucellosis Control in Elk and Cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51707, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  6. Liu, Yanxu & Sims, Charles, 2013. "Spatial-Dynamic Externalities and Coordination in Invasive Species Control," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151293, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  7. M. Ceddia, 2012. "Optimal Disease Eradication in Sympatric Metapopulations," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 52(4), pages 499-530, August.
  8. Atallah, Shady S. & Gomez, Miguel I. & Conrad, Jon M. & Nyrop, Jan P., 2012. "An Agent-Based Model of Plant Disease Diffusion and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124936, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  9. Xie, Fang & Horan, Richard D., 2008. "Disease and Behavioral Dynamics for Brucellosis in Elk and Cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6404, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  10. Benjamin M. Gramig & Richard D. Horan & Christopher A. Wolf, 2008. "Livestock Disease Indemnity Design When Moral Hazard Is Followed by Adverse Selection," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 91(3), pages 627-641.
  11. Fenichel, Eli P. & Horan, Richard D. & Bence, James R., 2010. "Indirect management of invasive species through bio-controls: A bioeconomic model of salmon and alewife in Lake Michigan," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 500-518, November.
  12. Olson, Lars J., 2006. "The Economics of Terrestrial Invasive Species: A Review of the Literature," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 35(1), April.
  13. Richard Horan & Christopher Wolf & Eli Fenichel & Kenneth Mathews, 2008. "Joint Management of Wildlife and Livestock Disease," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 41(1), pages 47-70, September.


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