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Farm Animal Welfare - Testing for Market Failure

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  • Carlsson, Fredrik
  • Grykblom, Peter
  • Lagerkvist, Carl Johan

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Many consumers are concerned with animal welfare in the conventional production of farm livestock. This concern can be related both to their own and others’ consumption. In the latter case, there is a negative externality from consumption. We suggest a survey design that enables us to test for a market failure in farm livestock production. Applying this to the question of battery cages in egg production, we cannot show that a market failure exists. The policy can be extended to general discussion of how potential market failures for all kind of farm livestock should be managed.

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

Volume (Year): 39 (2007)
Issue (Month): 01 (April)
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Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:6687

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Keywords: animal welfare; choice experiments; market failure; Livestock Production/Industries; Marketing; D12; Q13; Q18;

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  1. Lu, Yiqing & Cranfield, John & Widowski, Tina, 2013. "Consumer Preference for Eggs from Enhanced Animal Welfare Production System: A Stated Choice Analysis," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150276, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Bicknell, Kathryn, 2010. "Economic Considerations of Animal Welfare Policy," 2010 Conference, August 26-27, 2010, Nelson, New Zealand 115718, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  3. Tonsor, Glynn T. & Olynk, Nicole J. & Wolf, Christopher A., 2008. "Consumer Preferences for Animal Welfare Attributes: Case of Gestation Crates," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6062, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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