GM-free private standards, public regulation of GM products and mass media

Vigani, Mauro and Olper, Alessandro (2014) GM-free private standards, public regulation of GM products and mass media. Environment and Development Economics, 19 (06). pp. 743-768. ISSN 1355-770X

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Abstract

The paper analyses the factors inducing retailers to adopt GM-free private standards, using information of 44 retailers operating in 54 countries. Retailers are distinguished between those not using genetically modified (GM) ingredients and those using ingredients which are potentially GM in their private label products. Results from a binary response model show that many of the drivers highlighted in the empirical literature, such as historical factors, communication infrastructure and sectorial conditions, affect the likelihood of adopting GM-free private standards. Moreover, we test additional hypotheses from the political economy of standards formation and of mass media. Key results show that a higher share of government-oriented public media reduces the probability of adopting GM-free private standards, while different GMO public standards between home and operating countries increase this probability.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
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 09:45
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 17:24
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2853

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