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Consumer Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee: A Chinese Case Study

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  • Yang, Shang-Ho
  • Hu, Wuyang
  • Mupandawana, Malvern
  • Liu, Yun

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Coffee consumption in China has seen a significant rise in recent years. This study seeks to explore the determinants of coffee consumption in China with a specific focus on fair trade coffee. In a survey of 564 respondents in Wuhan City, consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP)for fair trade labeled coffee was measured. This study uses an interval regression to investigate individual demographic and consumption characteristic impacts on WTP. Results show that on average, consumers were willing to pay 22% more for a medium cup of fair trade coffee compared with traditional coffee. In addition, other variables that indicated a higher WTP included female consumers, consumers who made their own coffee, and consumers who planned to consume more coffee in the following year.

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Article provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 44 (2012)
Issue (Month): 01 (February)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:120449

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Keywords: China; fair trade coffee; interval regression; willingness to pay; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; International Relations/Trade; D12; Q13;

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  1. Yang, Shang-Ho & Woods, Timothy A., 2013. "Farm Market Patron Behavioral Response to Food Sampling," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 146711, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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