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Current Contribution of Four Biotechnologies to New Zealand's Primary Sector


  • Kaye-Blake, William
  • Saunders, Caroline M.
  • Emanuelsson, Martin


Over the last several decades, changes to production technologies have significantly increased output from the primary sector. The contribution of improved genetics has been variously estimated, and the impacts of genetic engineering have received much attention. The present research estimated the economic impact of four modern biotechnologies (other than genetic engineering) on the primary sector. Information from interviews with key informants was incorporated into a cost-benefit analysis to estimate these impacts. The net contribution was estimated at $266 million per year, with impacts spread unevenly through the sector and across biotechnologies.

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  • Kaye-Blake, William & Saunders, Caroline M. & Emanuelsson, Martin, 2006. "Current Contribution of Four Biotechnologies to New Zealand's Primary Sector," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25411, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae06:25411

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    1. Kaye-Blake, William & Saunders, Caroline M., 2006. "Estimated Contribution of Four Biotechnologies to New Zealand Agriculture," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21133, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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    biotechnology; cost-benefit analysis; marker assisted selection; New Zealand; primary production; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; O30; Q16;

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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services


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