Genetic diversity and interdependent crop choices in agriculture

Geoffrey Heal, Brian Walker, Simon Asher Levin, Kenneth Arrow, Partha Dasgupta, Gretchen Daily, Paul Ehrlich, Karl Goran Maler, Nils Kautsky, Jane Lubchenco, Steve Schneider, David Starrett

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The extent of genetic diversity in food crops is important as it affects the risk of attack by pathogens. A drop in diversity increases this risk. Farmers may not take this into account when making crop choices, leading to what from a social perspective is an inadequate level of diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-184
Number of pages10
JournalResource and Energy Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Agriculture
  • External effect
  • Genetic diversity
  • Nash equilibrium


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