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Revised benefits and costs of eradicating the red imported fire ant

Antony, G. and Scanlan, J.C. and Francis, A. and Kloessing, K. and Nguyen, Y. (2009) Revised benefits and costs of eradicating the red imported fire ant. In: 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 10–13 February, Cairns.

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Abstract

The paper revisits estimates of cost/benefit for eradication in Australia provided in 2001 which were based largely on information about a US ecosystem. The study had two major components; spread modelling using a cellular automation model provided by Joe Scanlan and an impact analysis undertaken by the remaining authors. The revised figures provided in this study increased the damage estimate from $2.8 billion to $45 billion and the benefit-cost ratio of eradication efforts improved from 25:1 to 390:1.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:© Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
Keywords:Fire ant; eradication; cost-benefit analysis; modelling; pest impacts.
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Economic entomology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Impact assessment
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Animal
Deposited On:16 Nov 2009 04:03
Last Modified:16 Nov 2009 04:03

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