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The economic returns to Canadian federal broiler chicken research between 1968 and 1984 were estimated using the economic surplus approach. The impact of distortions in the product market and of the excess burden of taxes on the net benefits of research and the distribution of gross benefits between pro􀀑ucers and consumers were assessed.􀀓 Rates of return to research investments over this period were estimated to be between 48% and 63%. All of the benefits of this research have accrued to consumers, and producers have actually been made worse off by broiler research under the existing regime of supply kanagement.

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