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Overcoming grape growers’ pesticide lock-in


  • Adeline UGAGLIA
  • Bernard DEL’HOMME
  • Maryline FILIPPI


An evolutionary framework is used here to study the issue of pesticide reduction in vineyards. After analyzing grape growers’ pesticide lock-in we show that, although Integrated Pest Management (IPM) could reduce pesticide use significantly, the lack of specific implementation know-how hampers its diffusion. Consequently, once the features of technological change for IPM have been scrutinized, we adopt a case analysis approach in which environmental regulation is envisaged as one possible way of promoting IPM diffusion. We also show that, however necessary such regulation is, it is insufficient: grape growers equally need extension services.

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  • Adeline UGAGLIA & Bernard DEL’HOMME & Maryline FILIPPI, 2011. "Overcoming grape growers’ pesticide lock-in," Cahiers du GREThA (2007-2019) 2011-12, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA).
  • Handle: RePEc:grt:wpegrt:2011-12

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    1. Marie-Claude Bélis-Bergouignan & Véronique Saint-Ges, 2009. "Ways of reducing pesticides use in Bordeaux vineyards," Post-Print hal-00652876, HAL.
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    evolutionary framework; environmental innovation; IPM; pesticides; grape growing;

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    • Q59 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Other
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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