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The Political Economy of European Wine Regulations

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  • Giulia Meloni
  • Jo Swinnen

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The EU wine market is heavily regulated. Despite the many distortions in the wine market as a consequence, reforming the regulations has proven difficult. This paper analyses the political economy mechanism that created the existing set of wine regulations. We document the historical origins of the regulations and relate these to political pressures that resulted from international integration, technological innovations and economic developments.

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Paper provided by LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven in its series LICOS Discussion Papers with number 32012.

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Handle: RePEc:lic:licosd:32012

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Keywords: European agriculture; wine history; regulation; appellations; institutions;

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