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The Politics Of Underinvestment In Agricultural Research


  • de Gorter, Harry
  • Swinnen, Johan F.M.


This paper develops a political economy framework that determines the factors causing underinvestment in public research expenditures. Governments are unable to fully compensate for unequal income distribution effects of research because of either their inability to make credible commitments or of deadweight costs associated with compensation.

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  • de Gorter, Harry & Swinnen, Johan F.M., 1996. "The Politics Of Underinvestment In Agricultural Research," Working Papers 6848, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:cudawp:6848

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    1. Buchanan, James M & Tullock, Gordon, 1975. "Polluters' Profits and Political Response: Direct Controls Versus Taxes," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 65(1), pages 139-147, March.
    2. Lichtenberg, Erik & Zilberman, David, 1986. "The Welfare Economics of Price Supports in U.S. Agriculture," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 76(5), pages 1135-1141, December.
    3. Krutilla, Kerry, 1991. "Environmental regulation in an open economy," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 127-142, March.
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