An economic lens to understanding antimicrobial resistance: disruptive cases to livestock and wastewater management in Australia

  10 October 2021

Whilst there has been progress in understanding AMR in the scientific literature, there is a dearth of knowledge that considers AMR from an economic perspective, especially as it relates to resource-based sectors. This paper uses two case studies to illustrate how an economic lens can improve understanding of the potential risks surrounding AMR and to identify the net welfare associated with specific interventions. We demonstrate the importance of economics when considering the impacts of AMR in the context of livestock and wastewater use in Australia and when quantifying the potential disruption to the economy. We also illustrate how economics can both highlight the magnitude of the risks from AMR but offer a way forward through cost-effective policy options.

Author(s): Bethany Cooper, Walter O. Okello,
Clean Environment   Healthy Animals  


Unrestricted financial support by:

Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition


JSS University


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