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Differentiating the consumer benefits from labeling of GM food products

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  • Sara Scatasta
  • Justus Wesseler
  • Jill Hobbs

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Although recurrent evidence is found that consumers have different willingness to pay for GM and non‐GM products, there is disagreement in the scientific community about the size of consumer benefits from GM labeling. In this article we use a theoretical model based on a standard constant elasticity of substitution (CES) to explain the importance of the quality effect. It is shown that failing to consider the quality effect may yield an overestimation of benefits from GM labeling, voluntary or mandatory.

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  • Sara Scatasta & Justus Wesseler & Jill Hobbs, 2007. "Differentiating the consumer benefits from labeling of GM food products," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 37(2‐3), pages 237-242, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:37:y:2007:i:2-3:p:237-242
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2007.00269.x
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