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Title:Measuring the benefit-cost ratio of public IPM technology transfer programs : an optimal control framework and an application to Nepalese agriculture PDF Logo
Authors:Wiebelt, Manfred
Issue Date:2000
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 989
Abstract:Despite favourable ecological and economic results, many developing countries have not yet adopted an integrated pesticide management (IPM). Given rising marginal costs and diminishing marginal benefits from IPM technology transfer, an optimal control framework is used to identify optimal rates of technology transfer. The framework is applied to Nepalese agriculture to illustrate the dynamic adoption process for IPM. The results indicate that public IPM technology transfer programs should be targeted to maintain about 50% of agricultural production in IPM. The benefit-cost ratio is approximately 7.9:1. If the educational program is financed by a tax on chemical inputs the benefit-cost ratio would be 9.1:1.
Subjects:integrated pesticide management
cost-benefit analysis
extension
dynamic optimisation
Nepal
JEL:Q2
Q16
D61
C61
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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