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Bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Japan: consumers’ food safety perceptions and willingness to pay for tested beef

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  • McCluskey, Jill J.
  • Grimsrud, Kristine M.
  • Ouchi, Hiromi
  • Wahl, Thomas I.

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The discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as ‘mad cow disease’, in Japan caused anxiety about consuming beef and beef products. As a result, there was a sudden fall in sales of beef that hurt the Japanese beef industry as well as major beef exporters to Japan. We analyse factors that affect Japanese consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) price premiums for BSE-tested beef and estimate the mean WTP for BSE-tested beef using data obtained from a consumer survey in Japan. A single-bounded dichotomous choice contingent valuation model is used to recover the premium amount. We find that attitudes to food safety, reduction in beef consumption following the BSE outbreak, and being female all have a statistically significant positive effect on the WTP for BSE-tested beef. Interestingly, demographic variables such as age and income do not affect the WTP, possibly indicating that the BSE scare similarly affected multiple segments of the population. In our sample, consumers are willing to pay a premium on average of greater than 50 per cent for BSE-tested beef.

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Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 49 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:aareaj:118583

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Keywords: beef; bovine spongiform encephalopathy; Japan; Demand and Price Analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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  1. Lee, Sang Hyeon & Lee, Ji Yong & Han, Doo Bong & Nayga, Rodolfo M. Jr, 2013. "Assessing Korean Consumers’ Valuation for BSE Tested and Country of Origin Labeled Beef Products," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149615, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Aizaki, Hideo & Sawada, Manabu & Sato, Kazuo & Kikkawa, Toshiko, 2009. "A non-compensatory choice modeling analysis of Japanese consumers’ preferences for beef: A choice experiment approach," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51656, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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