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Consumer Benefits of Labels and Bans on GM Foods—Choice Experiments with Swedish Consumers

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  • Fredrik Carlsson
  • Peter Frykblom
  • Carl Johan Lagerkvist

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The European Union has been relatively cautious about using biotechnology in food production. A label regime combined with the right of individual member states to ban introduction of new genetically modified (GM) strains means that GM food products in effect are banned in many countries. We show how it is possible to empirically test whether a ban can be motivated by reference to potential negative externalities. This is followed up by results from a choice experiment. We cannot reject the hypothesis of equal WTP for a ban and a labeling scheme. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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  • Fredrik Carlsson & Peter Frykblom & Carl Johan Lagerkvist, 2007. "Consumer Benefits of Labels and Bans on GM Foods—Choice Experiments with Swedish Consumers," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 89(1), pages 152-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:89:y:2007:i:1:p:152-161
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