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Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization

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Economic Effects of Purity Standards in Biotech Labeling Laws

Konstantinos Giannakas
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
/ Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
  • University of Missouri
/ Alexander Magnier
  • University of Missouri
/ Konstadinos Mattas
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Published Online: 2011-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1542-0485.1319

This paper develops a model of heterogeneous consumer preferences and imperfectly competitive suppliers to analyze the market and welfare effects of purity standards for non-GM food products. Analytical results show that purity standards affect the equilibrium prices and quantities of both the GM and non-GM products as well as the welfare of the groups involved. A change in purity standards is shown to create winners and losers among the consumers and the suppliers of the GM and non-GM products. Our analysis provides insights on labeling policies and the position of interest groups in countries with different adoption of, and attitudes towards genetically modified products.

Keywords: agricultural biotechnology; AP thresholds; coexistence; genetically modified foods; labeling; purity standards; tolerances

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Published Online: 2011-04-18

Citation Information: Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, ISSN (Online) 1542-0485, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1542-0485.1319. Export Citation

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