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Can Eco-Labeling Do More Harm Than Good? A Comparative Statics Analysis

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  • Athearn, Kevin R.
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    This paper uses a two-product partial equilibrium model with demand- and supply-side substitution effects to identify supply and demand conditions under which eco-labeling would be most and least effective. The results suggest that eco-labeling is most effective at reducing environmentally harmful production when it leads to a decrease in demand for unlabeled products and producers respond to non-price incentives in adopting the certified methods. The analysis demonstrates that consumer willingness-to-pay a premium and the potential demand for an eco-labeled product do not provide the best indication of an eco-labeling program's effectiveness at reducing adverse environmental impacts.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2003 Annual Meeting, February 1-5, 2003, Mobile, Alabama with number 35105.

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    Keywords: Environmental Economics and Policy;

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    1. Colyer, Dale, 2004. "Environmental Regulations and Agricultural Competitiveness," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 5(1).
    2. Colyer, Dale, 2004. "Environmental Regulations And Competitiveness," Working Papers 19100, West Virginia University, Department of Agricultural Resource Economics.

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