In June 2013, Jonathan Rushton and Barbara Haesler were invited to give talks at the OECD’s conference “Livestock Disease Policies: Building Bridges between Animal Science and Economics”, held in Paris. The conference focused on how economics, working together with animal sciences, can contribute to a comprehensive and efficient management of livestock disease risks. The four key themes covered were (1) how to generate a constructive dialogue to reduce and manage uncertainties; (2) the economic assessment of the impacts of animal diseases and control measures; (3) the impact of policy on economic incentives for animal keepers and the food system; and (4) policymaking and communication in an uncertain world.
All presentations have been written up as articles for compilation in conference proceedings, and are available here.
Read a summary of the highlights of the conference here.