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Assessing Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Different Units of Organic Milk: Evidence from Multiunit Auctions

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  • Faical Akaichi
  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr
  • José M. Gil

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Experimental auctions are normally conducted using single-unit auctions. In this paper, we explore the use of multi-unit auctions to investigate the determinants of consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for a food product (i.e., organic milk) in a multi-unit shopping scenario. We also analyze the effect of positive and negative information about organic farming on WTP. Our results suggest that although consumers are willing to pay for organic milk, their WTP decreases with the number of purchased units. We also found that the magnitude and the statistical significance of the determinants of WTP change from one unit to another. The most important factors affecting WTP are the number of units subjects are willing to buy, health concerns, and perceived animal welfare benefits of organic production. The type of information provided also plays a relevant role. Specifically, we find that positive information on organic farming increases WTP, negative information decreases WTP, and provision of both positive and negative information does not affect WTP.
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  • Faical Akaichi & Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr & José M. Gil, 2012. "Assessing Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Different Units of Organic Milk: Evidence from Multiunit Auctions," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 60(4), pages 469-494, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:canjag:v:60:y:2012:i:4:p:469-494
    DOI: j.1744-7976.2012.01254.x
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    1. Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans & Charles M. Kahn, 1998. "Multi-unit auctions with uniform prices," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 12(2), pages 227-258.
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    1. Katare, Bhagyashree, 2013. "Consumer willingness to pay for nano-packaged food products: evidence from experimental auctions and visual processing data," Master's Theses and Plan B Papers 162233, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
    2. repec:bla:jconsa:v:51:y:2017:i:1:p:211-251 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Schott, Lenna & Bernard, John, 2015. "Comparing Consumer's WIllingness to Pay for Conventional, Non-Certified Organic and Organic Milk from Small and Large Farms," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 0(Number 3), pages 1-20, November.
    4. Schrock, Rebecca, 2010. "Determinants Of The Demand For Organic And Conventional Fresh Milk In Germany– An Econometric Analysis," 115th Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, September 15-17, 2010, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany 116387, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    5. Schroeck, Rebecca, 2011. "Wie sensibel reagieren deutsche Verbraucher auf Preisänderungen bei Bio-Eiern? Eine Nachfrageanalyse mit Haushaltspanel-Daten," 51st Annual Conference, Halle, Germany, September 28-30, 2011 114492, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
    6. Levan Elbakidze & Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr. & Hao Li & Chris McIntosh, 2014. "Value elicitation for multiple quantities of a quasi-public good using open ended choice experiments and uniform price auctions," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 45(2), pages 253-265, March.
    7. Katare, Bhagyashree & Yue, Chengyan & Hurley, Terrance M., 2013. "Consumer Willingness to Pay for Nano-packaged Food Products: Evidence from Experimental Auctions," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 149676, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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