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An input-output analysis of the economic impacts of chronic wasting disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Alberta and Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Petigara, Milap
  • This thesis utilizes input-output analysis to calculate the economic impacts from potential prion diseases outbreaks in Alberta and Canada. Both chronic wasting disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy have the capacity to not only affect the farmed cervid and cattle industries, but to impact all industries with direct and indirect links to these sectors. Cervid sector shocks consistently yield small spillover effects on the economy in all models. In contrast, the cattle sector generates larger multiplier effects. A worst-case scenario that reduces cervid sector output to zero yields total economic losses of $11.5 million in Alberta, and $43.7 million in Canada. A reduction of cattle sector output to zero results in total economic losses of $6.4 billion in Alberta, and $34.9 billion in Canada.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3N64B
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Rural Economy
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dridi, Chokri (Department of Rural Economy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Unterschultz, Jim (Department of Rural Economy)
    • Aiken, Judd (Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science) (Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases)