Document Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

10-28-2002

Working Paper Number

WP #02013, October 2002

Abstract

Public debate continues over whether the United States should regulate genetically modified (GM) foods by imposing a mandatory labeling policy. This paper develops a model that shows that a voluntary GM- labeling policy results in higher welfare than a regulated mandatory GMlabeling policy, if consumers can accurately read the signals in each market. We then develop an experiment that shows consumers behave as if they can accurately identify signals for GM foods. Our model and results support the perspective that the United States has been prudent in fending off calls for regulations demanding a mandatory GM- labeling policy.

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application/pdf

Length

46 pages

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