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Estimating the Indirect Economic Costs to Shrimp Consumers from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill

  • Ellis, Addison
  • Kropp, Jaclyn D.
  • Norton, Michael T.
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    In this paper, we estimate the indirect economic losses to U.S. shrimp consumers as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Using a combination of national fisheries market data and the results of an experimental auction, we identify three sources of economic damages to shrimp consumers: (1) higher prices paid by consumers for shrimp in 2010, (2) a loss of utility in the form of substituting consumption of preferred wild-caught Gulf shrimp with less-preferred substitutes, and (3) a loss in utility in the form of stigma attached to wild-caught Gulf shrimp.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida with number 142576.

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