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The Effect Of Trust On Public Support For Biotechnology: Evidence From The U.S. Biotechnology Study, 1997-1998


  • James, Harvey S., Jr.


The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which trust directly affects public support for biotechnology, particularly in applications to food production and genetic modification of crop plants. Unlike previous research in which trust is assumed to be exogenous, this paper posits that trust is endogenously determined. An econometric model is developed that controls for the endogeneity of trust using instrumental variable and selection correction techniques. Using data from the U.S. Biotechnology Study, this study finds that the effect of trust on public support is substantially stronger than previous estimates.

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  • James, Harvey S., Jr., 2002. "The Effect Of Trust On Public Support For Biotechnology: Evidence From The U.S. Biotechnology Study, 1997-1998," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA 19651, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea02:19651

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    1. Margaret Levi, 2000. "When good defenses make good neighbours: a transaction cost approach to trust, the absence of trust distrust," Chapters,in: Institutions, Contracts and Organizations, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    7. James Jr., Harvey S., 2002. "The trust paradox: a survey of economic inquiries into the nature of trust and trustworthiness," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 47(3), pages 291-307, March.
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    1. James, Harvey S., Jr. & Sykuta, Michael E., 2004. "Farmer Trust In Agricultural Cooperatives: Evidence From Missouri Corn And Soybean Producers," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 19974, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).


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