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The Federal Role

  • Julian M. Alston
  • Jennifer S. James
  • Matthew A. Andersen
  • Philip G. Pardey
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Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 34)

Abstract

The history of agricultural R&D and related government policy in the United States is one of jointly evolving state and federal, public- and private-sector roles. The private role has always emphasized more-patentable inventions, or at least innovations from which the returns seem more appropriable by a variety of intellectual property rights or other means. In agriculture, in particular, however, it is difficult for individuals to fully appropriate the returns from their research investments, leading to a general consensus that some government action is warranted to ensure an adequate investment in R&D.

Keywords

Fiscal Year Agricultural Research Service Plant Variety Protection Utility Patent Competitive Grant 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian M. Alston
    • 1
  • Jennifer S. James
    • 2
  • Matthew A. Andersen
    • 3
  • Philip G. Pardey
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of AgribusinessCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversityCAUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsUniversity of WyomingWYUSA
  4. 4.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of MinnesotaMNUSA

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