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Are Eco-Labels Valuable? Evidence from the Apparel Industry

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  • Nimon, W.
  • Beghin, John C.

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Using U.S. apparel catalog data, we estimate hedonic price functions to identify market valuation of environmental attributes of apparel goods. We identify a significant and robust premium for the organic fibers embodied in the apparel goods. We also find a discount for the "no-dye" label. We do not, however, find any evidence of a premium for environment-friendly dyes. We further investigate the pricing behavior of apparel suppliers for potential heterogenous pricing of the organic-fiber attribute and find no evidence of different premia across firms. A reprint of an article in the AJAE in 1999.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12741.

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Keywords: eco-labels; organic-cotton apparel; dyes; hedonic price; labeling; textiles; green label;

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