2006 PREISM Workshop

Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management
Workshop organized by Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service
October 19-20, 2006   Washington D.C.

In 2003, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) established the Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management (PREISM), a competitive awards program to address economic issues associated with invasive species management.  Since 2004, ERS and the Farm Foundation have annually sponsored a forum for dialogue on economic issues associated with agricultural invasive species.  More than 90 people participated in the 2006 workshop, which was designed to highlight the progress of previous PREISM awardees; offer feedback to workshop presenters; educate the broader invasive species community (e.g., non-economist and NGO attendees) about the PREISM program and research results; and provide networking environment for the workshop attendees.

Themes emerging identified by the wrap-up panel included the importance of interactions and communications between researchers, policy makers and those whose behavior affects the introduction, spread and control of invasive species.  A wide range of modeling techniques were used in the research, however, most are data intensive.  The research and PREISM in general, has added to knowledge about valuing externalities and understanding why markets fail.  Researchers play a key role in articulating important policy questions, as well as communicating the implications of their research to policy-makers.

Panel members suggested that additional work is needed on communicating welfare measures; analytic tools to account for uncertainty, information asymmetry, space, and time; appropriate models to understand the factors affecting voluntary action; the economics of cooperation with other countries; and defining the success of an invasive species policy. Suggestions for future PREISM research included: a) the economic consequences of invasive species, such as tourism, and foreign animal diseases; b) the behavior of marginal, small-scale producers and non-commercial animal owners; c) institutional, technological, and structural change; d) the role of public opinion and consumer response in implementing invasive species programs, especially for foreign animal diseases; and e) studies focused on policy design rather than species-specific research.

Welcome to the Workshop
Steve A. Halbrook, Farm Foundation
Welcome to ERS
Mary Bohman, Resource and Rural Economics Division, ERS
Research Presentations I
The Economics of Ecology of the Risk of Invasive Plant Establishment from the Horticultural Trade in North America
Edward B. Barbier, University of Wyoming
Strategic Behavior, Incentives, Heterogeneity and Invasive Species Management: Preliminary Results
Janie M. Chermak, University of New Mexico
Managing Economic Risks caused by Insects: Bug Options
James Eaves, Rutgers University, and Timothy Richards, Arizona State University
Choosing Efficient Treatment Options by Assessing Costs and Benefits in a Spatial Risk-Based Optimization Framework
Lisa A. Wainger and Dennis M. King, University of Maryland
Moderator: Mary Lisa Madell, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Discussant: Joseph Aldy, Resources for the Future
Moderator: Robert Dismukes, Market and Trade Economics Division, ERS
Luncheon Speech—Foreign Animal Diseases and Farm Biosecurity
Simon Kenyon, Purdue University
Research Presentations II
Integrating Location Theory with Risk Management for Invasive Management
David Zilberman, University of California, Berkeley
Identifying Arbitrary Regulations of Invasive Species and their Impact on Seed Trade: Some Initial Results
John Beghin, Iowa State University
Policy Instruments for Prevention of Invasive Species in Strategic International Trade Relationships
Lars Olson, University of Maryland
Moderator: Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, North Carolina A & T University
Discussant: David Abler, Pennsylvania State University
Research Presentations III
Do Government Payments for Invasive Species Outbreaks Decrease the Need for Biosecurity?
Andrew Muhammad, Mississippi State University
Integrated Bioeconomic Modeling of Invasive Species Management
David Finnoff, University of Wyoming
Biology and Economics of Invasive Species: Spatial and Temporal Interactions
Rachael E. Goodhue, University of California, Davis
Moderator: Lynn Garrett, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Discussant: Eduardo Segarra, Texas Tech University
Moderator: Stan Daberkow, Resource and Rural Economics Division, ERS
Keynote Speech: The Successes and Shortcomings of Current Invasive Species and Foreign Animal Disease Programs
Gary Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Research Presentations IV
Value of Animal Traceability Systems in Managing a Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak
Dustin Pendell and Ted Schroeder, Kansas State University
The Economics of Managing Infectious Wildlife Disease When Livestock Are at Risk
Christopher A. Wolf, Michigan State University
Economic Impacts of Select Foreign Animal Diseases
Philip L. Paarlberg, Purdue University
Moderator: Chris Klocek, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
Discussant: Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
Wrap-Up Panel
Joseph Aldy, Resources for the Future
Simon Kenyon, Purdue University
Megan Romberg, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Eduardo Segarra, Texas Tech University
David Abler, Pennsylvania State University
Gary Smith, University of Pennsylvania
Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
Moderator: Utpal Vasavada, Economic Research Service, USDA

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