Aggregate economic effects of alternative boll weevil management strategies.
Presents an aggregate benefit-cost analysis of alternative areawide boll weevil eradication and management strategies. Economic efficiency effects of the programs were measured in terms of consumer benefits, farm income, and public program costs; TECHSIM was used to estimate market impacts of the programs. Boll weevil eradication, combined with pest management, was found to have the highest net social benefits. However, this program also had the highest public (taxpayer) costs. An optimum pest management alternative without eradication had the highest benefit-cost ratio, but had next to lowest net social benefits.-from Authors
Taylor, CR; Carlson, GA; Cooke, FT; Reichelderfer, KH; Starbird, IR
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