Pre-Empting Public Regulation with Private Food Quality Standards

Posted: 15 Feb 2010

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Jill J. McCluskey

Washington State University

Jason A. Winfree

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Abstract

There has been a great deal of recent growth in the area of private food quality standards. This article analyses the incentives for setting private quality standards before governments do so. Since food quality standards are generally multifaceted, different types of standards will affect revenues differently. Our model shows that private firms can pre-empt public regulation by setting their own private food quality standards in order to choose the type of standards that minimises their costs. The emergence of private food standards in grocery retailing is discussed in this context.

Keywords: food quality, private standards, threat of regulation

JEL Classification: L59, Q13

Suggested Citation

McCluskey, Jill and Winfree, Jason A., Pre-Empting Public Regulation with Private Food Quality Standards. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 525-539, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1551704 or http://dx.doi.org/jbp040

Jill McCluskey (Contact Author)

Washington State University ( email )

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Jason A. Winfree

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
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