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Identifying the Effects of Objective and Subjective Quality on Wine Prices


  • Oczkowski, Edward


This study examines a framework developed by Cardebat, Figuet, and Paroissien in a 2014 Journal of Wine Economics article for identifying the impacts of both objective and subjective quality on wine prices. We recognize how various specifications are observationally equivalent and that the interpretation of model estimates depends crucially on the posited assumption for the relation between price and objective and subjective quality. The proposed framework is applied to Australian premium wines. Results indicate that the price impact of expert personal opinions is similar to the impact of objective quality as estimated via weather, vintage, and producer fixed effects. The relative importance of objective quality compared with subjective quality depends crucially on the ability of expert scores to accurately reflect objective quality. (JEL Classifications: C21, Q11, Q54)

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  • Oczkowski, Edward, 2016. "Identifying the Effects of Objective and Subjective Quality on Wine Prices," Journal of Wine Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 11(2), pages 249-260, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jwecon:v:11:y:2016:i:02:p:249-260_00

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    Cited by:

    1. Liang, Jiaji & Hu, Wuyang, 2018. "Hedonic Price Analysis: A View of the Wine Industry in Kentucky," 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, Washington, D.C. 274050, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Emmanuel Paroissien & Michael Visser, 2020. "The Causal Impact of Medals on Wine Producers' Prices and the Gains from Participating in Contests," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 102(4), pages 1135-1153, August.

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    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming


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