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Effects of Information about Invasive Species on Risk Perception and Seafood Demand by Gender and Race

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  • Timothy C. Haab
  • John C. Whitehead
  • George R. Parsons
  • Jammie Price

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In this paper we consider the effects of negative and positive risk information on perceived seafood risks and seafood consumption by gender and race. The data is from a Mid-Atlantic survey of coastal seafood consumers. We elicit risk perceptions in three risk scenarios with a dichotomous choice with a follow-up question format. We elicit continuous revealed and stated preference seafood consumption in nine risk and price scenarios. Analysis in four gender and race categories indicates that demographic groups respond to the positive and negative information in different ways. Communication of risk information as risk mitigation policy is a challenge. Key Words:

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Appalachian State University in its series Working Papers with number 08-02.

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  1. O. Morgan & John Whitehead & William Huth & Greg Martin & Richard Sjolander, 2013. "A Split-Sample Revealed and Stated Preference Demand Model to Examine Homogenous Subgroup Consumer Behavior Responses to Information and Food Safety Technology Treatments," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 54(4), pages 593-611, April.
  2. O. Ashton Morgan & John C. Whitehead & William L. Huth & Gregory S. Martin & Richard Sjolander, 2013. "Accounting for Heterogeneity in Behavioral Responses to Health-Risk Information Treatments," Working Papers 13-05, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

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