Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology: Economics and Policy

  • Richard E. Just
  • Julian M. Alston
  • David Zilberman

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard E. Just, David Zilberman, Julian M. Alston
      Pages 3-17
  3. Agricultural Biotechnology in the Context of a Regulated Agricultural Sector

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Technological Regulation in U.S. Agriculture

      1. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Julian M. Alston, Kent J. Bradford
        Pages 37-57
      2. Stuart Smyth, Peter W. B. Phillips, W. A. Kerr
        Pages 81-101
    3. Benefits from Agricultural Biotechnologies

    4. Hidden Benefits of Agricultural Biotechnologies

    5. Consumer and Market Acceptance of Agricultural Biotechnologies

      1. Wallace E. Huffman, Matt Rousu
        Pages 201-225
      2. Jill J. McCluskey, Kristine M. Grimsrud, Thomas I. Wahl
        Pages 227-240
  4. Conceptual Issues in Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. The Causes of Regulations and Their Impacts

    3. Environmental Risks of Agricultural Biotechnologies and Regulatory Response

    4. Imperfect Competition, Political Economy, and Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnologies

  5. Case Studies on the Economics of Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. International Evidence

      1. Carl E. Pray, Jikun Huang, Ruifa Hu, Qihuai Wang, Bharat Ramaswami, Prajakta Bengali
        Pages 481-508
    3. Refuge Policy and Regulatory Compliance at the Farm Level

      1. George B. Frisvold
        Pages 535-557
      2. Silvia Secchi, Terrance M. Hurley, Bruce A. Babcock, Richard L. Hellmich
        Pages 559-577
      3. Paul D. Mitchell, Terrance M. Hurley
        Pages 599-623
      4. Shenghui Wang, David R. Just, Per Pinstrup-Andersen
        Pages 625-637
    4. Crop-Specific Issues in Biotechnology Regulation

      1. Richard K. Perrin
        Pages 639-645
      2. Kent J. Bradford, Julian M. Alston, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
        Pages 683-697
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 699-699
    2. Julian M. Alston, Richard E. Just, David Zilberman
      Pages 701-722
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 723-732

About this book


This book presents the first thorough economic analysis of current agricultural biotechnology regulation. The contributors, most of whom are agricultural economists working either in universities or NGOs, address issues such as commercial pesticides, the costs of approving new products, liability, benefits, consumer acceptance, regulation and its impacts, transgenic crops, social welfare implications, and biosafety.

Richard E. Just is Distinguished University Professor and former Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland at College Park.

Julian M. Alston is Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Davis.

David Zilberman is Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard E. Just
    • 1
  • Julian M. Alston
    • 2
  • David Zilberman
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaDavis
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaBerkeley

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