Estimating within-herd preventive spillovers in livestock disease management

Benjamin M. Gramig, Christopher A. Wolf

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A preventive spillover exists whenever a health management or biosecurity practice yields preventive returns for more than one disease. The spillovers may be difficult to identify and has paved the way for the estimation of spillovers of farm biosecurity practices in order to provide an accurate accounting of their preventive benefits. Spillovers in disease management occurs when management practices benefit the control of multiple diseases. Another estimation measured the effect of spillovers on adoption and thus can potentially be used to inform livestock health management recommendations. The results of the estimation assists farm managers and veterinarians in making economically efficient decisions relative to disease prevention. For policy makers, they will find the results useful in designing incentive compatible voluntary and compulsory disease prevention and control programs. Improvements were brought about upon a binary response model of practice adoption that follow from economic theory and the nature of the decision-making process when implementing the general framework for empirical analysis of preventive spillovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1225
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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