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Economics - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics | The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies

The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies

Series: Economy & Environment, Vol. 22

Swanson, T.M. (Ed.)

2002, XVI, 276 p.

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  • 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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » biotechnology - development - genetic modification - non-governmental organizations - transgen

Related subjects » Agricultural Economics - Economic Growth - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

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Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Contributors. Part A: Surveying the Issues: Technologies, Biology and Economics. 1. Biosafety in Agricultural Biotechnology: Balancing Social and Environmental Impacts; C. Spillane, Y. Pinto. 2. Pest Resistance in Agriculture: An Economic Perspective; U. Regev. 3. Biotechnology for Planted Forests: An Assessment of Biological, Economic and Environmental Possibilities and Limitations; R.A. Sedjo. Part B: Managing Technology: The Economics of Managing Technological Developments. 4. On the Economic Limits to Technological Potential: Will Industry Resolve the Resistance Problem? T. Goeschl, T Swanson 5. Providing the Correct Incentives for Genetic Modifaication; L. O'Shea, A. Ulph. 6. Decision Making under Temporal Uncertainty and Irreversibility: Benchmark Values for the Release of Transgenic Crops in the EU; J. Wesseler. Part C: Managing Biology: The Economics of Managing Biological Resistance. 7. Managing Pest Resistance: Timing the Initiation of Refuge Areas; R. Laxminararyan, R.D. Simpson. 8. Managing the Risk of European Corn Borer Resistance to Bt Corn. T. Hurley, et al. Part D: Managing Industry: The Economics of Managing Industrial Impacts. 9. Monopolisation and the Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops: An Economic Model; A. Munro. 10. The Diffusion of Benefits from Biotechnological Developments: The Impact of Use Restrictions on the Distribution of Benefits; T. Goeschl, T. Swanson. Part E: Policy Conclusions. 11. Plants and Biotechnologies;P.J. Dale. 12. Regulatory Harmony &endash; Who's Calling the Tune? T. Crompton, G.T. Tzotzos.

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