Title: GMO standards, endogenous policy and the market for information
Authors: VIGANI MAUROOLPER Alessandro
Citation: FOOD POLICY vol. 43 p. 32-43
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC81103
ISSN: 0306-9192
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030691921300105X
DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2013.08.001
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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