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Policy dilemma of innovation: An info-gap approach

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/55991
Abstract:
New ideas or technologies are often advocated because of their purported improvements on existing methods. However, what is new is usually less well-known and less widely tested than what is old. New methods may entail greater unknown dangers as well as greater potential advantages. The policy maker who must choose between innovation and convention faces a dilemma of innovation. We present a methodology, based on info-gap robustness, to deal with the innovation dilemma. We illustrate the approach by examining the policy decisions for managing the light brown apple moth in California.
Author(s):
Yakov Ben-Haim , Craig D. Osteen , L. Joe Moffitt
Subject(s):
Epiphyas postvittana , agricultural policy , decision making , insect control , knowledge , new methods , new technology , policy analysis , probability analysis , risk analysis , uncertainty , California
Source:
Ecological Economics 2013 v.85
Language:
English
Year:
2013
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.