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The Economics of Zoonotic Diseases: An Application to Avian Flu

In: Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries

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  • David Zilberman

    (University of California)

  • Thomas W. Sproul

    (University of Rhode Island)

  • Steven Sexton

    (University of California)

  • David Roland-Holst

    (University of California)

Abstract

This chapter reviews the economics of Avian Influenza and other zoonotic diseases and describes how externalities and market failures lead to suboptimal provision of disease prevention and control. It develops a prototype model of farm behavior that merges epidemiology and economics to provide a framework for analyzing how private incentives lead to a divergence between farmer optimization and social-welfare maximization. Conditions for optimal policy intervention are derived in an application to Avian Influenza and the distribution of economic benefits is derived. Policies for disease prevention and control are considered in the context of the economic model.

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  • David Zilberman & Thomas W. Sproul & Steven Sexton & David Roland-Holst, 2012. "The Economics of Zoonotic Diseases: An Application to Avian Flu," Natural Resource Management and Policy, in: David Zilberman & Joachim Otte & David Roland-Holst & Dirk Pfeiffer (ed.), Health and Animal Agriculture in Developing Countries, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 59-76, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:nrmchp:978-1-4419-7077-0_4
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7077-0_4
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