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The economic benefits of bird control in U.S. cherry production




Elser, Julie, author
Bernasek, Alexandra, advisor
Shwiff, Stephanie, committee member
Anderson, Aaron, committee member
Dalsted, Norman, committee member

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Bird damage is a common and costly problem for fruit producers, who try to limit damage by using control techniques. This analysis used a survey presented to producers in five states to estimate the damage sustained to sweet and tart cherry crops with and without the use of bird control. A modified partial equilibrium model was applied to the data to estimate the change in marginal cost of production resulting from a ban on bird control, incorporating both decreased output and elimination of control costs. Welfare analysis was conducted for both crops with short and long run supply elasticities derived from time-series data using geometric distributed lags. Total surplus for both crops combined decreases by about $166 to $216 million in the short run and $23 to $31 million in the long run with no bird management, indicating that bird control has a large impact on cherry production and associated market outcomes.


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bird damage
welfare analysis


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