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Consumer willingness to pay for farm animal welfare - transportation of farm animals to slaughter versus the use of mobile abattoirs

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  • Carlsson, Fredrik

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Frykblom, Peter

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    (Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

  • Lagerkvist, Carl Johan

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    (Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Abstract

This study employed a choice experiment (CE) to ascertain consumer preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for non-market food product quality attributes. Data were obtained from a large mail survey and estimated with a random parameter logit model. The results indicate that Swedish consumers place greater monetary worth on the use of mobile abattoirs for cattle than for pigs, and even place a negative monetary value for mobile abattoirs in broiler production. We show how CE data can be used to estimate individual WTP, using a random parameter logit model. We find that there is a substantial difference in heterogeneity between consumers WTP for mobile abattoirs for the types of livestock included. Based on estimated distributions of WTP and available cost estimates, the market share for mobile abattoirs is predicted. The approach taken is vital to agribusinesses intending to serve specialized niche markets. Our results are useful for forming product differentiation strategies within the food industry as well as for the formation of food policy.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 149.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 18 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0149

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Keywords: Animal welfare; Choice experiments; Slaughter; Willingness to pay;

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Cited by:
  1. Carolina Liljenstolpe, 2008. "Evaluating animal welfare with choice experiments: an application to Swedish pig production," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(1), pages 67-84.
  2. Theuvsen, Ludwig & Essmann, Sandra & Brand-Sassen, Henning, 2005. "Livestock Husbandry between Ethics and Economics: Finding a Feasible Way Out by Target Costing?," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24598, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  3. Liljenstolpe, Carolina, 2005. "Valuing Animal Welfare with Choice Experiments: An Application to Swedish Pig Production," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24503, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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