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Christa Court - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Christa Court Christa Court

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Christa Court is director of the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, which focuses on disaster impacts to the state of Florida.


Christa Court is director of the UF/IFAS Economic Impact Analysis Program, a subset of which focuses on disaster impacts to the state of Florida. Using economic modeling, the program can estimate, or contribute to estimations of, losses incurred within sectors involved in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries production, which directly contribute a combined $11.3 billion in sales revenue to the state economy.

Industry Expertise (2)

Fishery and Aquaculture

Agriculture and Farming

Areas of Expertise (5)

Hurricane Effects on Florida Agriculture

Economic Modeling

Supply Chain



Media Appearances (5)

As climate change disrupts supply chains, American life is poised to change drastically

Salon  online


"Various hazard events can disrupt food supply chains by impairing production of and access to food," Christa Court, an assistant professor of regional economics at the University of Florida, told Salon by email, citing as examples calamities such as infrastructure damage, loss of capacity or direct damage to livestock and crops. "Resulting food access issues are acute in vulnerable communities with limited grocery and transportation options and can be compounded by the timing of disaster events."

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University of Florida economists detail tourism revenue losses following 2018 red tide blooms

News-Press  online


“We did focus on the Southwest Florida region because that’s where this particular bloom was largest and lasted the longest,” Christa Court, director of the Economic Impact Analysis program at UF/IFAS said. “It’s also the region in Florida that is typically impacted more often by harmful algal blooms, specifically red tide.”

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UF Economists Estimate $55-100M Hit To Florida Agriculture Due To Hurricane Sally

Urban Ag News  online


“Unlike most hurricanes, where wind is the driving force behind a majority of the damages, Hurricane Sally also included a lot of rainfall in a short period of time in an area that already had saturated ground,” said Christa Court, director of the program and assistant professor in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department. “There were still impacts like pecans blown off trees, but we also have to account for significantly more water impacting crop fields and grazing lands than we usually see.”

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At Stake in Sally’s Wake: $400 Million in Florida Panhandle Agricultural Products

Southeast AgNet  online


“These types of climate-related disasters are the most destructive to agriculture,” said Christa Court, director of the program and an assistant professor in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department. “When we do our assessments, we’re really looking to capture the acute, short-term impacts, like losses of seasonal crops that were in the field when the storm hit, but we know that other impacts will appear in the long-term.”

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UF Researchers To Study How Algae Blooms Hurt Florida’s Economy

WJCT News  online


Lead UF researcher Christa Court, an economist with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said the study will focus on the red tide event that began in 2017 and lasted through early 2019, causing then Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency. Researchers will be using data from past events as well. “In order to inform decision making related to trying to mitigate these events in the future, we’re going to have to have a better understanding of the type of impacts that they’re causing,” Court said.

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Articles (5)

Towards integrated modeling of the long-term impacts of oil spills

Marine Policy

Christa D Court et al.

2021 Although great progress has been made to advance the scientific understanding of oil spills, tools for integrated assessment modeling of the long-term impacts on ecosystems, socioeconomics and human health are lacking. The objective of this study was to develop a conceptual framework that could be used to answer stakeholder questions about oil spill impacts and to identify knowledge gaps and future integration priorities. The framework was initially separated into four knowledge domains (ocean environment, biological ecosystems, socioeconomics, and human health) whose interactions were explored by gathering stakeholder questions through public engagement, assimilating expert input about existing models, and consolidating information through a system dynamics approach. This synthesis resulted in a causal loop diagram from which the interconnectivity of the system could be visualized.

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Accounting for global value chains: rising global inequality in the wake of COVID-19?

International Review of Applied Economics

Christa D Court, João-Pedro Ferreira, Geoffrey JD Hewings, Michael L Lahr

2021 Production processes depend on fragmented and interdependent value chains; nowadays, a single product often includes components produced in dozens of countries. Many public health measures being implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have dampened economic activity of ‘non-essential’ sectors. The decreased production affects other industries and countries that supply parts, machinery, and services via global value chains. Using the World Input-Output Database, we show how a hypothetical decline in the worldwide consumption of a set of non-essential sectors affects the global distribution of GDP and employment. While richer countries consume relatively more non-essential goods and services, we find, by considering the interdependencies among developed and developing economies, that low-income countries are likely to suffer steeper declines in their GDP and employment.

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Evaluating the regional economic contributions of US aquaculture: Case study of Florida’s shellfish aquaculture industry

Aquaculture Economics & Management

Robert Botta, Christa D Court, Andrew Ropicki, Edward V Camp

2021 Regional economic assessments (REAs), including economic contribution and impact analyses, are often used in resource-based industries to inform policymakers, elected officials, and the general public of an industry’s role within the regional economy. However, REAs have been difficult to conduct for the aquaculture industry due to issues with data availability and quality. This paper will provide an overview of economic contribution analysis, the challenges associated with applying these analyses to U.S. aquaculture production, and techniques to overcome these challenges. The Florida shellfish aquaculture industry is used as an example to highlight some of the data issues and how using different methods within a REA can lead to inaccurate representations of an industry’s economic contribution.

The impact of COVID-19 on global value chains: Disruption in nonessential goods production

Regional Science Policy & Practice

Joao‐Pedro Ferreira, Pedro Ramos, Eduardo Barata, Christa Court, Luís Cruz

2021 Public health measures enacted to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have dampened economic activity by shuttering businesses that provide ‘nonessential’ goods and services. Not surprisingly, these actions directly impacted demand for nonessential goods and services, but the full impact of this shock on the broader economy will depend on the nature and strength of value chains. In a world where production chains are increasingly fragmented, a shock in one industry (or a group of industries) in one country will affect other domestic industries as well as international trade, leading to impacts on production in other countries. We employ the World Input–Output Database to depict the interdependencies among both industries and countries, which provides a full representation of global value chains.

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Understanding Perceptions and Attitudes toward Genetically Modified Organisms on Twitter

International Conference on Social Media and Society

Inyoung Jun, Yunpeng Zhao, Xing He, Rania Gollakner, Christa Court, Olga Munoz, Jiang Bian, Ilaria Capua, Mattia Prosperi

2020 Social media platforms, especially Twitter, provide an abundance of information to study public perceptions and trends on a wide range of social topics. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their uptake continuously generate controversial discussions among consumers, producers, and policymakers. Although several studies have analyzed public perceptions and attitudes toward GMOs, little is known about on how laypeople's opinions and GMO-related information posted by organizations are different on Twitter. In this study, we prospectively and retrospectively collected GMO-related Twitter data, developed text classifiers to filter out irrelevant tweets, and categorized relevant tweets into organizational entities and laypeople.

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  • English