bEcon publications are organized into different themes such as the impacts of genetically engineered (GE)
crops on farms, on consumers, on industries/sectors, on international trade, gender, biosafety, cost of regulation, environment and health.
bEcon includes also papers that review relevant methods and findings.
bEcon has focused on major research questions addressed in the literature (see Browse by Topic):
*What are the (potential, actual) advantages of genetically engineered crops for farmers?
*What are consumers willing to pay for non-GE products, and how will their preferences affect the market?
*What are the magnitude and distribution of the economic benefits resulting from the adoption of GE crops in an industry (sector)?
*What is the international distribution of economic benefits resulting from the adoption and trade of GE crops?
*What are the costs of regulation and biosafety of GE-crops and the implication in their development and commercialization?
*What are the differentiated impacts of
health in the adoption and commercialization of GE crop?
All papers included in bEcon meet well-established criteria. In general, they must:
*Focus on transgenic crops in non-industrialized agriculture, including at least one developing country.
*Be peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and published conference proceedings. Technical reports, working papers,
and discussion papers are considered if there is some indication of peer review.
*Have an applied economic model.
bEcon does not consider:
*Papers focusing on crop biotechnologies other than transgenic crops, such as tissue culture.
*Papers in progress and papers accepted for presentation at conferences but not yet accepted for publication.
*Papers published by local, state, or national governments, as well as by private organizations and nongovernmental organizations, unless they have been peer reviewed.
*Purely theoretical studies, conceptual papers, or critical essays