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The impact of geographical indication on the revitalisation of a regional economy: a case study of ‘Boseong’ green tea

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Geographical indications are legal signs which identify a good as originating in a specific country or region, where the reputation of the product is attributable to its geographical roots. South Korea has operated with a geographical indication system since 1999. This research analyses the regional impacts of geographical indications using the case study of ‘Boseong’ green tea. The results show that geographical indication has enhanced the image of the product, leading to increased production and the stimulation of tea-related industries. We argue that geographical indication can be used as an effective policy to cope with trade liberalisation.
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Keywords: Boseong; case study; geographical indication; green tea; trade liberalisation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Seoul, South Korea, Email: [email protected] 2: Department of Geography, University at Buffalo-SUNY, Buffalo, NY 14261, USA

Publication date: 01 December 2007

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