If medfly infestation triggered a trade ban: Embargo on California produce would cause revenue, job loss
Jerome B. Siebert, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Todd Cooper, Department of Agricultural Economics
California Agriculture 49(4):7-12. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v049n04p7.
The establishment of the medfly in California would have significant impacts, particulary on the citrus industry. This study investigates the economic impacts that might arise if Asian countries imposed an embargo on California produce. Increased costs of controlling an established medfly, whether or not an embargo were imposed, would range from $493 million to $875 million. The imposition of an embargo would result in additional revenue losses of $564 million. The state economy could lose $1.2 billion in gross state product and more than 14,000 jobs.
J. Siebert is Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; T. Cooper is Graduate Student, Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis, who worked as a research assistant on this project;