Estimating the benefits of Bt corn and cost of insect resistance management ex ante

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Abstract

This paper estimates farmer benefits for corn rootworm (CRW) active Bt corn and costs of complying with Environmental Protection Agency insect resistance management requirements. The estimates are obtained from farmer survey data that were collected in Minnesota in 2002, just prior to the commercial release of CRW Bt corn. Benefit estimates range from $14 to $33.4 million, while compliance cost estimates range from $3.5 to $8.7 million depending on whether or not CRW Bt corn also controlled the European corn borer and whether or not it was approved for sale in major export markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-375
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Volume31
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Bt corn
  • Compliance costs
  • Corn rootworm
  • Insect resistance management
  • Willingness to pay

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