The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies

The Economics of Managing Biotechnologies

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The advent of new biotechnologies implies significant changes in the world, both biologically and industrially. Biologically, these new technologies represent changes on a scale never before witnessed in the context of evolutionary systems. How these systems will respond to these changes is uncertain and potentially very significant. The first part of this volume addresses these issues in a series of chapters considering the manner in which societies might analyse and manage these systemic responses to biotechnological changes.
The second part of the volume addresses the industrial issues concerning biotechnologies. One of the primary motivations for these changes is to enhance the appropriability of the value of innovation occurring within the life sciences sectors. Changing to a property rights-based system of biotechnology has implications for the nature of research and development within these sectors, and the diffusion and distribution of its benefits across the globe. Another set of chapters in this volume sets out a framework for considering these important industrial issues.
The volume is the outcome of a two-year project on the economics of managing biotechnologies in agriculture. It is recommended to academics and policy makers interested in the issues concerning society's options in the management of this process of technological change.

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Published 01 January 2002
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Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Part A:Surveying the Issues: Technologies, Biology and Economics
1.Biosafety in Agricultural Biotechnology: Balancing Social and Environmental Impacts Charles Spillane and Yvonne Pinto
2.Pest Resistance in Agriculture: An Economic Perspective Uri Regev
3.Biological,Biotechnology for Planted Forests: An Assessment of Economic and Environmental Possibilities and Limitations Roger A. Sedjo
Part B:Managing Technology: The Economics of Managing Technological Developments
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On the Economic Limits to Technological Potential: Will Industry Resolve the Resistance Problem? Timo Goeschl and Timothy Swanson
Providing the Correct Incentives for Genetic Modification Lucy O’Shea and Alistair Ulph
6.Decision Making under Temporal Uncertainty and Irreversibility: Benchmark Values for the Release of Transgenic Crops in the EU Justus Wesseler
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Part C:Managing Biology: The Economics of Managing Biological Resistance
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7.Managing Pest Resistance: Timing the Initiation of Refuge Areas Ramanan Laxminarayan and R. David Simpson
8.Managing the Risk of European Corn Borer Resistance to Bt Corn Terrence Hurley, Silvia Secchi, Bruce Babcock and Rick Hellmich
Part D:Managing Industry: The Economics of Managing Industrial Impacts
9.Genetically Modified Crops:Monopolisation and the Regulation of An Economic Model Alistair Munro
10.The Diffusion of Benefits from Biotechnological Developments: The Impact of Use Restrictions on the Distribution of Benefits Timo Goeschl and Timothy Swanson
Part E:Policy Conclusions
11.Plants and Biotechnologies Philip J. Dale
12.Regulatory Harmony – Who’s Calling the Tune? Tom Crompton and George T. Tzotzos
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