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Consumer Willingness to Pay for "Second-Generation" Genetically Engineered Products and the Role of Marketing Information

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  • Rousu, Matthew C.
  • Monchuk, Daniel C.
  • Shogren, Jason F.
  • Kosa, Katherine M.

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Environmental and consumer groups have called for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food products in the United States, stating that consumers have the “right to know.†Herein, we use a nonhypothetical field experiment to examine the willingness to pay for GE-labeled products, using the only second-generation GE product currently on the U.S. market-GE cigarettes. Our results suggest consumers pay less for GE-labeled cigarettes when marketing information is absent. But, when presented with marketing information on the attributes of the cigarette, we find no evidence that consumers pay less for GE-labeled cigarettes.

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  • Rousu, Matthew C. & Monchuk, Daniel C. & Shogren, Jason F. & Kosa, Katherine M., 2005. "Consumer Willingness to Pay for "Second-Generation" Genetically Engineered Products and the Role of Marketing Information," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 37(03), December.
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    1. Shi, Lijia & Gao, Shifeng & House, Lisa A. & Heng, Yan, 2015. "A Multi-Store Auction to Measure Willingness-to-Pay for Organic and Lcoal Blueberries," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 46(3), November.
    2. Lusk, Jayson L. & Norwood, F. Bailey, 2006. "Social Desirability Bias in Willingness-to-Pay for Products with Normative Attributes," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21428, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Shi, Lijia & House, Lisa & Gao, Zhifeng, 2012. "Consumers’ Willingness-to-pay for Organic and Local Blueberries: A Multi-store BDM Auction Controlling for Purchase Intentions," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124998, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    4. Lijia Shi & Lisa A. House & Zhifeng Gao, 2013. "Impact of Purchase Intentions on Full and Partial Bids in BDM Auctions: Willingness-to-pay for Organic and Local Blueberries," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(3), pages 707-718, September.
    5. Carolina González & Nancy Johnson & Matin Qaim, 2009. "Consumer Acceptance of Second-Generation GM Foods: The Case of Biofortified Cassava in the North-east of Brazil," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(3), pages 604-624.

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    Keywords

    auctions; BDM mechanism; cigarettes; field experiment; genetically engineered foods; second-generation; C91; Q18;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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