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The Economics of Regulations on Hen Housing in California

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  • Sumner, Daniel A.
  • Matthews, William A.
  • Mench, Joy A.
  • Rosen-Molina, J. Thomas
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    Beginning January 1, 2015, conventional cage housing for egg-laying hens is scheduled to be prohibited in California. We consider the economic implications of the new hen housing regulations on the California shell egg industry. Our data show that egg production is more costly using noncage systems than conventional cages. The main result of the new regulations will be a drastic reduction in the number of eggs produced in California, a large increase in egg shipments from out of state, little if any change in hen housing for eggs consumed in California, and little change in egg prices in California.

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

    Volume (Year): 42 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 03 (August)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:92577

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    Keywords: animal welfare regulation; hen housing; egg supply; egg prices; egg costs of production; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Agricultural Finance; Consumer/Household Economics; Farm Management; Livestock Production/Industries; Production Economics; Productivity Analysis; Q11; Q18;

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    Cited by:
    1. Heng, Yan & Hanawa Peterson, Hikaru & Li, Xianghong, 2013. "Consumer Attitudes toward Farm-AnimalWelfare: The Case of Laying Hens," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(3), December.
    2. Heng, Yan & Peterson, Hikaru Hanawa & Li, Xianghong, 2012. "Consumers’ Preferences for Shell Eggs Regarding Laying Hen Welfare," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124592, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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