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Recent international and regulatory decisions about geographical indications

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  • Stephan Marette

    (UMR Economie Publique INRA-Agroparistech, BP01 78850 Grignon, France)

  • Roxanne Clemens

    (568F Heady Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1070)

  • Bruce Babcock

    (578F Heady Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1070)

Abstract

As worldwide consumer demand for high-quality products and for information about these products increases, labels and geographical indications (GIs) can serve to signal quality traits to consumers; however, GI systems among countries are not homogeneous and can be used as trade barriers against competition. Philosophical differences between the European Union (EU) and the United States about how GIs should be registered and protected led to the formation of a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute-settlement panel. In this article, we discuss the issues behind the dispute, the WTO panel decision, and the EU response to the panel decision leading to the new Regulation 510|2006. Given the potential for GI labels to supply consumer information, context is provided for the discussion using recent literature on product labeling. Implications are drawn regarding the importance of the panel decision and the EU response relative to GI issues yet to be negotiated under the Doha Round. [JEL classifications: D8, F1, Q1]. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Stephan Marette & Roxanne Clemens & Bruce Babcock, 2008. "Recent international and regulatory decisions about geographical indications," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(4), pages 453-472.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:24:y:2008:i:4:p:453-472
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.20173
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    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture

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