The Economic Analysis of Plant Health and the Needs of Policy Makers

  • Glyn Jones


This chapter presents an overview of how economics considers plant pests and disease, the tools available to assess possible responses and how economics interacts with policy making. Plant health exhibits a number of public good characteristics that suggest the need for public intervention—left to its own devices, the market would underprovide biosecurity, with each “supplier” of plant health providing the privately optimal level of intervention. To assess the socially optimal level of plant health, economists can deploy a range of tools that vary in terms of data, skills and time required. Whilst economic research has provided a number of theoretical insights, there remains a substantial gap between this output and its usefulness for policy makers. Policy responses are constrained by a number of factors from which, to varying degrees, economic theory is detached. This chapter considers the apparent gap between the output of academic economists and the needs of public policy makers in the UK.


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  • Glyn Jones
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  1. 1.Fera Science Ltd., National Agri-Food Innovation CampusYorkUK

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