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Dynamic Sanitary and Phytosanitary Trade Policy

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  • Olson, Lars J.
  • Roy, Santanu

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This paper characterizes the optimal use of sanitary and phytosanitary standards to prevent the introduction of harmful pests and diseases through international trade. Because established pest and disease infestations grow and spread over time their introduction has intertemporal consequences. In a dynamic economic model, an efficient trade policy balances the costs of SPS measures against the discounted stream of the costs of control and social damages that are avoided by using SPS measures, where future growth and spread of any established infestation is accounted for. We examine when phytosanitary trade policy makes good economic sense, when it is efficient to provide full protection against pests and diseases, and when restrictive, but not fully protective trade policy is efficient.

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Paper provided by University of Maryland, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 43395.

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  1. 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.
  2. Chalak, Morteza & Pannell, David J. & Polyakov, Maksym, 2011. "Economics of Controlling Invasive Species: A Stochastic Optimisation Model for a Spatial-Dynamic Process," 2011 Conference, August 25-26, 2011, Nelson, New Zealand 115513, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  3. Dalmazzone Silvana & Giaccaria Sergio, 2012. "Economic drivers of biological invasions: A worldwide, bio-geographical analysis," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201215, University of Turin.

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