Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 537–558

Managing the Risk of European Corn Borer Resistance to Bt Corn


  • Terrance M. Hurley
    • Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of Minnesota
  • Silvia Secchi
    • Iowa State University
  • Bruce A. Babcock
    • Iowa State University
  • Richard L. Hellmich
    • Iowa State University

DOI: 10.1023/A:1019858732103

Cite this article as:
Hurley, T.M., Secchi, S., Babcock, B.A. et al. Environ Resource Econ (2002) 22: 537. doi:10.1023/A:1019858732103


New pesticidal crops are taking advantage of advances in geneticengineering. For example, corn has been engineered to express Bt proteinsthat are toxic to the European corn borer. These crops are effective pestmanagement tools for United States growers. However, there is concern thatpests will develop resistance to these crops resulting in the increased useof more hazardous pesticides. The purpose of this paper is to develop astochastic dynamic bioeconomic simulation model to help guide regulatorypolicy designed to mitigate the threat of resistance to new pesticidal crops.The model is used to evaluate the insect resistance management guidelinesmandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for theuse of Bt corn in the Midwestern United States.

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