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Designing ecolabels in order to mitigate market failures: an application to agrofood products

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  • Douadia Bougherara

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    (Économie et Sociologie Rurales, INRA)

  • Gilles Grolleau

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    (Centre d'Economie et de Sociologie Rurales Appliquées à l'Agriculture et aux Espaces Ruraux, INRA)

Abstract

L'efficacité du marché des produits agro-alimentaires écolabellisés nécessite de pallier les défaillances de marché telles que l'asymétrie d'information, la surcharge informationnelle ainsi que les conséquences du caractère public des caractéristiques environnementales. Les auteurs montrent le besoin de concevoir et de mettre en place des mécanismes permettant de surmonter ces trois types de défaillances de marché de manière simultanée. Dans la littérature, l'écolabel est considéré comme un moyen de rétablir la symétrie d'information entre les firmes et les consommateurs. La contribution réside dans l'analyse de l'écolabel comme étant aussi un moyen de réduire la surcharge informationnelle ainsi que le problème des biens publics.

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Paper provided by Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France in its series Working Papers with number 156718.

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Length: 411-430
Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics
Handle: RePEc:inr:wpaper:156718

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Keywords: Consommation; distribution et transformation; IAA; INFORMATION DU CONSOMMATEUR; consommateurécolabel;

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  1. Teisl, Mario F. & Rubin, Jonathan & Noblet, Caroline L., 2008. "Non-dirty dancing? Interactions between eco-labels and consumers," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 140-159, April.

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