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Control of Invasive Species: Lessons from Miconia in Hawaii

  • Brooks Kaiser

    (Gettysburg College
    Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • Kimberly Burnett

    ()

    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

  • James Roumasset

    ()

    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Once established, invasive species can rapidly and irreversibly alter ecosystems and degrade the value of ecosystem services. Optimal control of an exotic pest solves for a trajectory of removals that minimizes the present value of removal costs and residual damages from the remaining pest population. The shrubby tree, Miconia calvescens, is used to illustrate dynamic policy options for a forest invader. Potential damages to Hawaii's forest ecosystems are related to decreased aquifer recharge, biodiversity, and other ecosystem values. We find that population reduction is the optimal management policy for the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii. On the island of Kauai, where tree density is lower and search costs higher, optimal policy calls for deferring removal expenditures until the steady state population is reached.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 200608.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:200608
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  1. Kaiser, Brooks & Roumasset, James, 2002. "Valuing indirect ecosystem services: the case of tropical watersheds," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(04), pages 701-714, October.
  2. Lars J. Olson & Santanu Roy, 2002. "The Economics of Controlling a Stochastic Biological Invasion," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 84(5), pages 1311-1316.
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  5. Brooks Kaiser & James A Roumasset, 1999. "Water Management and the Valuation of Indirect Environmental Services," Working Papers 199905, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
  6. Burnett, Kimberly M. & Kaiser, Brooks A. & Pitafi, Basharat A.K. & Roumasset, James A., 2006. "Prevention, Eradication, and Containment of Invasive Species: Illustrations from Hawaii," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 35(1), April.
  7. Loomis, John B. & White, Douglas S., 1996. "Economic benefits of rare and endangered species: summary and meta-analysis," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 197-206, September.
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