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Another Look at Pesticide Productivity and Pest Damage

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  • Robert G. Chambers
  • Giannis Karagiannis
  • Vangelis Tzouvelekas

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Using the Lichtenberg-Zilberman-Fox-Weersink damage specification, we develop a short-run, supply-response framework based on rational producer behavior in the presence of damage agents. We show how representation can be used to measure and decompose the economic damage associated with the presence of pests, how to measure the shadow prices of damage-control agents, how to measure the manner in which pesticide application biases variable input use, and how pesticide application affects the relative returns to quasi-fixed factors of production. An econometric version of the model is estimated using a panel data set on Greek olive producers. Both our theoretical and our empirical results suggest that the most traditional measure of pest damage understates actual economic losses and revenue losses due to pests. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Robert G. Chambers & Giannis Karagiannis & Vangelis Tzouvelekas, 2010. "Another Look at Pesticide Productivity and Pest Damage," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1401-1419.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:92:y:2010:i:5:p:1401-1419
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    2. Fadhuile, Adelaide & Lemarie, Stephane & Pirotte, Alain, 2011. "Pesticides Uses in Crop Production: What Can We Learn from French Farmers Practices?," 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 103654, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    9. Konstantinos Chatzimichael & Margarita Genius & Vangelis Tzouvelekas, 2015. "Health-Damaging Inputs, Workers' Health Status and Productivity Measurement," Working Papers 1504, University of Crete, Department of Economics.
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    13. Konstantinos Chatzimichael & Margarita Genius & Vangelis Tzouvelekas, 2017. "Health-Damaging Inputs, Workers Health Status and Productivity Measurement," Working Papers 1701, University of Crete, Department of Economics.
    14. Xingliang Ma & Melinda Smale & David J. Spielman & Patricia Zambrano & Hina Nazli & Fatima Zaidi, 2017. "A Question of Integrity: Variants of Bt Cotton, Pesticides and Productivity in Pakistan," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 68(2), pages 366-385, June.
    15. Carpentier, Alain, 2017. "Risk Aversion And Pesticide Use: Further Insights From Prospect Theory," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261265, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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