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Yellow starthistle (Centaurea solsitialis, L.) is an invasive weed that creates problems for the management of Idaho's rangelands. A bioeconomic approach combined with an input-output economic model is used to estimate direct and secondary economic costs of the weed in relation to its interference with agricultural and non-agricultural benefits that rangelands provide. Direct economic costs of the infestations were estimated to be of 8.2 million '05 dollars per year, and secondary costs of 4.5 million '05 dollars per year, for a total of 12.7 million '05 dollars; agricultural related economic impacts accounted for 79 % of this total cost, and non-agricultural for 21 %

Roxana Julia (), David W. Holland () and Joseph Guenthner ()
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Roxana Julia: Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,1403 Park Boulevard, Troy, NY, 12180,USA
David W. Holland: Washington Sate University, Pullman, WA 99164-6210, USA
Joseph Guenthner: Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA

Rensselaer Working Papers in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Economics

JEL-codes: Q51 Q57 R15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-02
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