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Benefit-Cost Evaluation of the Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth Research and Development Program

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Preprogram benefit-cost analyses of the Expanded Research and Development Program for Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth (Orgyia pseudotsuga) were reviewed. Additional analyses were performed to test the sensitivity of benefit-cost ratios to various assumptions after incorporating currently available information. The decision to accelerate funding of the research is supported under some assumptions, but many uncertainties need to be resolved before a final verdict can be given.

Models to estimate damages under alternative research funding and control procedures need to be improved. The great number of unknowns emphasizes the need for careful analyses before making major research funding decisions.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul 55108

Publication date: 1983-04-01

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