GMO standards, endogenous policy and the market for information

Vigani, Mauro and Olper, Alessandro (2013) GMO standards, endogenous policy and the market for information. Food Policy, 43. pp. 32-43. ISSN 03069192

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Abstract

The paper develops a composite index of GMO standards restrictiveness for 60 countries, assigning objective scores to six different regulatory dimensions. Using this index and its components, we empirically investigate the political and economic determinants of GMO regulations for 55 countries, controlling for spatial autocorrelation. Results show that many of the determinants highlighted in the theoretical literature, such as the structure of the agricultural sector and the institutional environment are important determinants of the restrictiveness of the GMO regulation. As a key result there emerges a prominent role of the market for information, showing that the structure of domestic mass media (public vs. private) is an important driver of GMO standards.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB175 Food crops
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB183 Field crops including cereals, forage, grasses, legumes, root crops, sugar plants, textile plants
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Eleanor Hawketts
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 09:07
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2016 17:35
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2851

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