Dynamic Perspectives on the Control of Animal Disease: Merging Epidemiology and Economics

  • Richard D. Horan
  • Christopher A. Wolf
  • Eli P. Fenichel
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 36)


The literature on managing animal diseases has its roots in mathematical epidemiology, which focuses on understanding the dynamics of infectious populations (Kermack and McKendrick 1927; Anderson and May 1979). Mathematical epidemiology models can be used to predict the conditions under which disease prevalence will diminish over time and eventually be eradicated from the animal system. Management in this context generally is viewed as a sequence of exogenous perturbations designed to produce the required conditions for prevalence decline and, when possible, eradication (Heesterbeek and Roberts 1995).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Horan
    • 1
  • Christopher A. Wolf
    • 1
  • Eli P. Fenichel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource EconomicsMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.School of Life Science and ecoServices GroupArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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