On Butterflies and Frankenstein: A Dynamic Theory of Regulation
AbstractThere are major differences in regulation among various countries. A particular case is the difference between the EU and US in regulating biotechnology.We develop a formal and dynamic model of government decision-making on regulation. We show that minor differences in consumer preferences can lead to important and persistent regulatory differences, and that temporary shocks to preferences can have long-lasting effects. This hysteresis in regulatory differences is shown to be caused by producer protectionist motives. We argue that this model may contribute to explain the difference between EU and US biotechnology regulation.
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- Swinnen, Jo & Vandemoortele, Thijs, 2011. "On butterflies and Frankenstein: a dynamic theory of regulation," Open Access publications from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven urn:hdl:123456789/301490, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
- Swinnen, Jo & Vandemoortele, Thijs, 2011. "On Butterflies and Frankenstein: A Dynamic Theory of Regulation," Open Access publications from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven urn:hdl:123456789/309692, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
- NEP-ALL-2011-03-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-IND-2011-03-05 (Industrial Organization)
- NEP-MIC-2011-03-05 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-REG-2011-03-05 (Regulation)
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- José Benjamin Falck-Zepeda & Greg Traxler & Robert G. Nelson, 2000. "Surplus Distribution from the Introduction of a Biotechnology Innovation," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(2), pages 360-369.
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- Why are Europe and the US so different in terms of regulation?
by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-04-05 14:06:00
- Johan F. M. Swinnen & Thijs Vandemoortele, 2011.
"Trade and the Political Economy of Food Standards,"
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- Swinnen, Jo & Vandemoortele, Thijs, 2011. "Trade and the political economy of food standards," Open Access publications from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven urn:hdl:123456789/289067, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
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