Pests as a common property resource: A case study of alfalfa weevil control

Uri Regev, Andrew P. Gutierrez, Gershon Feder

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The biological interactions of a pest-plant system are incorporated into an optimal pest-control model, using data and estimated parameters specific to the alfalfa weevil. Due to the externalities inherent in situations involving common property resources, different solutions are obtained for private and societal formulations of the optimization problem. In contrast to current pesticide-spraying practices, it is shown that pesticide should be applied early in the season, before any damage can be observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-197
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1976


  • Aestivation
  • Alfalfa weevil
  • Common property resource
  • Pesticide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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