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dc.contributor.authorWellhausen, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorMukunda, Gautam
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-06T16:08:38Z
dc.date.available2013-12-06T16:08:38Z
dc.date.issued2009-10
dc.date.submitted2009-06
dc.identifier.issn1872-5325
dc.identifier.issn1872-5333
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/82662
dc.description.abstractWhat implications might synthetic biology’s potential as a wholly new method of production have for the world economy, particularly developing countries? Theories of political economy predict that synthetic biology can shift terms of trade and displace producers in developing countries. Governments, however, retain the ability to mitigate negative changes through social safety nets and to foster adaptation to some changes through research, education and investment. We consider the effects the synthetic production of otherwise naturally derived molecules are likely to have on trade and investment, particularly in developing countries. Both rubber in Malaysia and indigo dyes in India provide historical examples of natural molecules that faced market dislocations from synthetic competitors. Natural rubber was able to maintain significant market share, while natural indigo vanished from world markets. These cases demonstrate the two extremes of the impact synthetic biology might have on naturally derived products. If developing countries can cushion the pain of technological changes by providing producers support as they retool or exit, the harmful effects of synthetic biology can be mitigated while its benefits can still be captured.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation (U.S.). Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeshipen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSynthetic Biology Engineering Research Centeren_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherSpringer-Verlagen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11693-009-9032-9en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en_US
dc.sourcePMCen_US
dc.titleAspects of the political economy of development and synthetic biologyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationWellhausen, Rachel, and Gautam Mukunda. “Aspects of the political economy of development and synthetic biology.” Systems and Synthetic Biology 3, no. 1 4 (December 10, 2009): 115-123.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for International Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorWellhausen, Rachelen_US
dc.contributor.mitauthorMukunda, Gautamen_US
dc.relation.journalSystems and Synthetic Biologyen_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsWellhausen, Rachel; Mukunda, Gautamen_US
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9227-5180
mit.licensePUBLISHER_CCen_US


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