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Economic Impacts of Isoglucose Deregulation on the European Sweetener Market

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  • Cooper, Joseph C
  • Giraud-Heraud, Eric
  • Requillart, Vincent

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The EU sweetener market is highly regulated. In particular, production of isoglucose, the main competitor of sugar, is limited to about two percent of the sugar quota. Using a product differentiation model and game theory, we develop a normative analysis of the sweetener market and analyse the potential impact of the liberalisation of isoglucose production. We show that use of isoglucose in the EU would be a smaller percentage of total sweetener use than it is in the United States. We also demonstrate that such a liberalisation could not increase welfare if it is not accompanied by a reduction in the sugar quota. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Cooper, Joseph C & Giraud-Heraud, Eric & Requillart, Vincent, 1995. "Economic Impacts of Isoglucose Deregulation on the European Sweetener Market," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 22(4), pages 425-445.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:erevae:v:22:y:1995:i:4:p:425-45
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    1. Bonnet, Céline & Requillart, Vincent, 2010. "Is The Eu Sugar Policy Reform Likely To Increase Obesity?," 115th Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, September 15-17, 2010, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany 116414, European Association of Agricultural Economists;Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Céline Bonnet & Vincent Requillart, 2011. "Does the EU sugar policy reform increase added sugar consumption? An empirical evidence on the soft drink market," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(9), pages 1012-1024, September.
    3. Patricia Combette & Éric Giraud-Héraud & Vincent Réquillart, 1997. "La politique sucrière européenne après les accords du Gatt," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 127(1), pages 1-13.
    4. Lavoie, Nathalie, 2001. "Price Discrimination In The Context Of Vertical Differentiation: A Modeling Approach For Wheat Exports," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20603, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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