The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies

  • Timothy Swanson

Part of the Economy & Environment book series (ECEN, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Surveying the Issues: Technologies, Biology and Economics

  3. Managing Technology: The Economics of Managing Technological Developments

  4. Managing Biology: The Economics of Managing Biological Resistance

    1. Ramanan Laxminarayan, R. David Simpson
      Pages 159-169
    2. Terrance M. Hurley, Silvia Secchi, Bruce A. Babcock, Rick Hellmich
      Pages 171-193
  5. Managing Industry: The Economics of Managing Industrial Impacts

  6. Policy Conclusions

    1. Philip J. Dale
      Pages 251-254
    2. Tom Crompton, George T. Tzotzos
      Pages 255-274

About this book


The advent of new biotechnologies implies significant changes in the world, both biologically and industrially. Biologically, these new technologies represent changes on a scale never before witnessed in the context of evolutionary systems. How these systems will respond to these changes is uncertain and potentially very significant. The first part of this volume addresses these issues in a series of chapters considering the manner in which societies might analyse and manage these systemic responses to biotechnological changes.

The second part of the volume addresses the industrial issues concerning biotechnologies. One of the primary motivations for these changes is to enhance the appropriability of the value of innovation occurring within the life sciences sectors. Changing to a property rights-based system of biotechnology has implications for the nature of research and development within these sectors, and the diffusion and distribution of its benefits across the globe. Another set of chapters in this volume sets out a framework for considering these important industrial issues.

The volume is the outcome of a two-year project on the economics of managing biotechnologies in agriculture. It is recommended to academics and policy makers interested in the issues concerning society's options in the management of this process of technological change.


biotechnology development genetic modification non-governmental organizations transgen

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy Swanson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and School of LawUniversity College LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0499-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47659-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1019
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