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The economic impacts of a ban on subtherapeutic antibiotics in swine production


  • Mark A. Wade

    (Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University)

  • Andrew P. Barkley

    (Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University)


The impacts of antibiotic use in swine production on production costs and human health are described. Pork supply and demand functions are specified and estimated, and elasticity estimates are then utilized to calculate consumer and producer surpluses for the retail pork market. The impacts of a ban on subtherapeutic antibiotics on both consumers and producers are calculated. Given supply and demand elasticity estimates and assumptions regarding the market impacts of such a ban, producer surplus would increase by $6.97 million and consumer surplus would increase by $6.19 million. These changes are small on a per capita basis.

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  • Mark A. Wade & Andrew P. Barkley, 1992. "The economic impacts of a ban on subtherapeutic antibiotics in swine production," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(2), pages 93-107.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:8:y:1992:i:2:p:93-107
    DOI: 10.1002/1520-6297(199203)8:2<93::AID-AGR2720080202>3.0.CO;2-9

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    1. Michael G. Hogberg & Kellie Curry Raper & James F. Oehmke, 2009. "Banning subtherapeutic antibiotics in U.S. swine production: a simulation of impacts on industry structure," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(3), pages 314-330.
    2. Sneeringer, Stacy & MacDonald, James & Key, Nigel & McBride, William & Mathews, Ken, 2015. "Economics of Antibiotic Use in U.S. Livestock Production," Economic Research Report 229202, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Mathews, Kenneth H., Jr., 2001. "Antimicrobial Drug Use And Veterinary Costs In U.S. Livestock Production," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33695, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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