Valuing financial, health and environmental benefits of Bt cotton in Pakistan

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Data from a farm survey and choice experiment are used to value the benefits of Bt cotton in Pakistan. Unlike previous  research on the economic  impacts of Bt, which  mostly concentrated  on financial benefits in terms  of  gross margins, we also quantify and monetize
positive externalities associated with technology adoption. Due to lower chemical pesticide use on Bt cotton plots, there are significant health advantages in terms of reduced incidence of acute pesticide poisoning, and environmental advantages in terms of higher biodiversity and lower soil and groundwater contamination. These positive externalities are valued at US$ 79 per acre, of which half is attributable to health and the other half to environmental improvements. Adding 
average gross margin gains of US$ 204 results in an aggregate benefit of US$ 284 per acre of Bt, 
or US$ 1.7 billion for the total Bt cotton area in Pakistan.

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