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Will geographical indications supply excessive quality?

  • Pierre Mérel
  • Richard J. Sexton

This study investigates the choice of quality by producer organisations (POs) in charge of defining product specifications for geographical indications. The model assumes that the PO chooses the quality level that maximises joint producer profits in anticipation of the competitive equilibrium that arises once quality is set. Using a fairly general variant of the vertical differentiation model and a flexible specification of production costs, we show that the PO has an incentive to supply quality in excess of the socially optimal level. , Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 567-587

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  2. Sergio H. Lence & Stéphan Marette & Dermot J. Hayes & William E. Foster, 2006. "Collective Marketing Arrangements for Geographically Differentiated Agricultural Products: Welfare Impacts and Policy Implications," Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) Publications 06-mwp9, Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center (MATRIC) at Iowa State University.
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