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Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods: Traits, Labels and Diverse Information

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  • Huffman, Wallace E.

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New experimental economic methods are described and used to assess consumers'�willingness to pay for food products that might be made from new transgenic and intragenic�genetically modified (GM) traits. Participants in auctions are randomly chosen adult consumers�in major US metropolitan areas and not college students. Food labels are kept simple and focus�on key attributes of experimental goods. Diverse private information from the agricultural�biotech industry (largely Monsanto and Syngenta), environmental groups (largely Greenpeace�and Friends of the Earth) and independent third-party information is used to construct the�information treatments. Food labels and information treatments are randomized, which is a�deviation from traditional lab methods. Auctions are best described as sealed bid random n-th�price and not the standard Vickery 2nd price auctions. I show that participants in these�experiments respond to both food labels and information treatments, but no single type of�information is dominant�

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 31835.

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Date of creation: 10 Aug 2010
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