Bootleggers and Biotechs

5 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2004

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Henry I. Miller

Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

Gregory Conko

George Mason University Law & Economics Center

Abstract

Opponents of biotechnology often complain that the large biotech firms have vigorously fought efforts to regulate the industry. In fact, the large firms - Monsanto (now Pfizer), Ciba-Geigy (now Syngenta), DuPont, Pioneer, Dow, Bayer, BASF, et al. - have been anything but consistent opponents of regulation. They have encouraged government intervention in the market both to provide a government seal of approval on their products and - more ominously - to diminish competition with highly innovative small - and mid-sized companies and academic researchers.

Keywords: biotechnology, technology, regulation, industry regulation, technology regulation, biotechnology regulation, excessive regulation

JEL Classification: L5, L65, O38

Suggested Citation

Miller, Henry I. and Conko, Gregory, Bootleggers and Biotechs. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=505585

Henry I. Miller (Contact Author)

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Gregory Conko

George Mason University Law & Economics Center ( email )

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