Honey Bees’ Impact on the U.S. Economy

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Chisel, James T
Economics; Honey Bee; Valuation; Agriculture; Ecological Service; Agricultural Economics; Apiculture; Entomology
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Since Colony Collapse Disorder became front-page news in 2006, popular literature ranging from news articles to White House documents has cited the value that honey bees provide. These numbers in articles often are inconsistent and rarely cite the origin of the stated value. This paper examines the major studies on the economic impact that honey bees have in the United States. Then it discusses the existing errors in these studies’ methodologies and offers a preliminary model that incorporates the full economic effects of honey bees. It then offers some policy suggestions in order to better address the needs of honey bees in order to maintain this valuable natural resource.