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Crespi Marette paper (03-65)

Some economic implications of public labeling.

John M. Crespi

Department of Agricultural Economics Kansas State University

Stephan Marette

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique.    Departement de Economie-Grignon and THEMA-Paris X- Nanterre, France

John Crespi, Kansas State University, Department of Agricultural Economics, 342 Waters Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-4011, USA. ? Phone: 785-532-6702, Fax: 785-532-6925, email: ? St?phan Marette, INRA ESR, BP01, 78850, Grignon, France. ? Phone 33-1-30 81 53 36, Fax: 33-1-30 81 53 68, email:

Some economic implications of public labeling.


This article discusses economic issues related to public labeling. ? The main contributions in both the empirical and theoretical literatures are presented in order to motivate responses to the following questions. ? First, when should a regulator promote public labeling? ? And, second, what are the limits to and the possible market distortions from public labeling?

Keywords: Labeling, Regulation, Product Differentiation.





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