Regional economic multiplier impacts potential pollinator deficits across crops

AgEconPlus Pty Ltd

  • Project code: PRJ-010219

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Friday, July 1, 2016

  • Project completion date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • National Priority: HBE-Improve understanding of pollination strategies that impact crop yields and improve hive health


The Honey Bee and Pollination Program has funded analysis of yield and crop value loss as a result of Australian pollinator deficits (e.g. Keogh et al 2010, Barry et al 2010). This project proposes to use these data to develop a more complete picture of the economic cost of Australian pollinator deficits. Regional economic multiplier impacts will be estimated for a representative region. An Input-Output model will be developed for the region and the model will be used to determine both the direct and multiplier impacts of a pollinator deficit on regional business turnover; value add; income and employment. Results from the regional analysis will be used to draw more general and somewhat more speculative conclusions on the national economic impact of a pollinator deficit.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

AgEconPlus Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

1.To quantify the regional economic impact of a pollinator deficit across crops
2.To provide more general conclusions on the national economic impact of pollinator deficits
3.To provide an evidence base for decision makers in relation to the broader economic and social costs of pollinator deficits