Environmental Economics

The Econometrics of Pesticide Use: Why Specification Matters

This paper demonstrates the importance of incorporating biological knowledge in the estimation of pesticide productivity. The use of traditional specifications leads to overestimation of the productivity of inputs, such as pesticides, and incorrect prediction of the dynamics of pesticide use. Procedures for estimation of pesticide productivity based on more realistic specifications of the damage-control activity are often simple to implement, and their use may improve decision making regarding pesticide use and regulation.

  • Keywords

    Subject:
    1. Benefits Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Quantification without Monetization
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Methodology
    Environmental Media:
    d. Chemicals
    d. Chemicals - Pesticides
    Authors:
    Lichtenberg, Erik
    Zilberman, David
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    Geographic Area:
    Study Purpose:
    Methodology Development & Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0104
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    California Agricultural Experiment Station, Giannini Foundation of Agricultural EconomicsAddress:
    City: Berkley State: CA ZIP:
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  • Report Details
    Type:
    Final
    Date:
    02/01/1984
    Number of Pages:
    17
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