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Analysis of Country of Origin Labeling for Food Products in Taiwan Using Auction Experiment with Tasting

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  • Chern, Wen S.
  • Lin, Huei-Ching
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    This study attempts to evaluate the economic benefits of the country of origin labeling (COOL) in Taiwan. A Vickrey second-price sealed-bid auction was conducted to estimate the consumer’s willingness to pay for Taiwan products vs. those from China and Vietnam. Our experiment was designed to investigate the impacts of product tasting on bidding behavior. The regression results show that tasting raised bids for Taiwan and China teas, but lowered bids for Vietnam tea. The econometric results show very high premiums for Taiwan products. Taiwanese consumers and food producers stand to benefit greatly with COOL.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2011 Annual Meeting, July 24-26, 2011, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with number 103219.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea11:103219

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    Keywords: Auction Experiment; Country of Origin Labeling; Tobit; Willingness to Pay; Bid Premium; Taiwan; China; Vietnam; Tea; Plum; Import; Food; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy; Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Health Economics and Policy; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Q13; D12.;

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