This paper demonstrates how currently underutilised economic modelling techniques can enrich the analysis of animal disease problems. Increasingly, analyses of animal health programmes are expected to address a range of economic and social questions. These expectations can be addressed by better integration of epidemiological modelling with economic techniques whose application to animal health has not been thoroughly discussed in past reviews. This paper describes a range of economic models that can be applied in animal health research and provides guidance for determining the appropriate method given the issues at hand. The complexity of some of these approaches underlines the importance of multidisciplinary research and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-845
Number of pages13
JournalOIE Revue Scientifique et Technique
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Animal health economics
  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • Disease control
  • Mathematical programming
  • Partial equilibrium
  • Policy model
  • Risk analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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