The spatial dynamics of the economic impacts of an aquatic invasive species: An empirical analysis

Katherine Y. Zipp, David J. Lewis, Bill Provencher, M. Jake Vander Zanden

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Abstract

This paper examines how the economic loss from an aquatic species invasion of a freshwater lake is allocated between users of the lake itself (own-lake effect) and users of neighboring lakes that become invaded because the lake is a new source of the invader (spillover effect). The empirical application concerns the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion in the lake-rich landscape of northern Wisconsin. Results suggest that coordinated management across lakes provides its highest economic value in the early years of an invasion, before high-value, high-traffic lakes are invaded, and drops quickly once the invasion claims these lakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalLand Economics
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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