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An Agent-Based Model of Border Enforcement for Invasive Species Management


  • Holly A. Ameden
  • Peter C. Boxall
  • Sean B. Cash
  • D. Angele Vickers


"This paper presents a model of border enforcement in order to address trade-related invasive species risk. An agent-based modeling (ABM) framework was developed based on a theoretical economic model that incorporates a spatially explicit damage function. The framework was applied to a representative commodity (broccoli), invasive species (crucifer flea beetle), ports-of-entry (Calexico and Otay Mesa U.S./Mexico land ports), and vulnerable location (California). The ABM evaluated the economic impacts of port-specific and importer-specific enforcement regimes, enabling regulators to improve both the allocation of scarce enforcement resources and the effectiveness of current enforcement policies. The analysis generated several policy relevant findings concerning importing firm behavior and suggests conditions under which increasing enforcement may or may not significantly reduce invasive species risk and associated crop damages. The analysis illustrates that with a more realistic parameterization, the ABM could be used to make real-world policy decisions concerning allocation of limited resources across ports-of-entry." Copyright (c) 2009 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

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  • Holly A. Ameden & Peter C. Boxall & Sean B. Cash & D. Angele Vickers, 2009. "An Agent-Based Model of Border Enforcement for Invasive Species Management," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 57(4), pages 481-496, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:canjag:v:57:y:2009:i:4:p:481-496

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    1. Ameden, Holly A. & Cash, Sean B. & Zilberman, David, 2007. "Border Enforcement and Firm Response in the Management of Invasive Species," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(October), October.
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    1. Springborn, Michael R. & Lindsay, Amanda R. & Epanchin-Niell, Rebecca S., 2016. "Harnessing enforcement leverage at the border to minimize biological risk from international live species trade," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 132(PB), pages 98-112.
    2. Ferrier, Peyton, 2014. "The Effects of Phytosanitary Regulations on U.S. Imports of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables," Economic Research Report 176199, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. James Nolan & Dawn Parker & G. Cornelis van Kooten & Thomas Berger, 2009. "An Overview of Computational Modeling in Agricultural and Resource Economics," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 57(4), pages 417-429, December.
    4. Holderieath, Jason, 2016. "Spatiotemporal management under heterogeneous damage and uncertain parameters. An agent-based approach," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts 235850, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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