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Title:Prioritising biosecurity investment between protecting agricultural and environmental systems PDF Logo
Authors:Cook, David C.
Fraser, Rob W.
Waage, Jeffrey K.
Thomas, Matthew B.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:School of Economics discussion papers 09,08
Abstract:This paper is motivated by the observation that there is a difference between the time paths of damage valuations for invasions which affect agricultural compared with environmental systems. In particular, unlike agricultural systems, studies have shown that the social valuation of an environmental system is likely to be exponentially positively related to the extent of its deterioration. This paper explores the implications of this difference in determining biosecurity investment priorities. It is concluded that because of this difference an environmental system will often not be prioritised for such protection over an agricultural system even though its ultimate social value exceeds that of the agricultural system.
Subjects:biosecurity
invasive species
JEL:Q51
Q57
Q58
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:School of Economics Discussion Papers, University of Kent

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