Tuesday, July 08, 2008


ONLINE RESOURCE: bEcon, Economics literature on genetically engineered crops


Our colleagues at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have recently compiled a web-base bibliography of peer-reviewed applied economics literature to assess the impact of genetically engineered (GE) crops in developing economies. All 190 articles currently in this database have been organized under four major themes that address the different areas of impact: advantages to farmers, consumer preferences and willingness to pay, size and distribution of benefits, and international benefits of trade.

The literature is searchable by author, year, and keywords. If permission has been granted by publishers, the references include abstracts or links to full text. Whenever available, permanent links to each article’s website is provided, as well as links to full text. As this literature is maintained on a regular basis and feed on outside contributions it will provide a valuable up-to-date tool for all researchers in the area, particularly for those in developing countries.

bEcon is updated every three months, and a CD-ROM is produced on an annual basis for those with limited or no internet access.

For more information on bEcon, click here.

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