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Ethical Rules and the Demand for Free Range Eggs

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  • Rolfe, John

    (Central Queensland University)

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In this paper, two contingent valuation experiments to estimate values for animal welfare are reported. The focus of the experiments was to demonstrate the application of non-market valuation techniques for this purpose, and to determine whether the applications are invalidated by any association of the amenity to be valued with ethical and moral themes. Such an association has been suggested, in several formats, to underlie potential scoping effects. The experiments show that little evidence can be found to suggest that any association between free range eggs and ethical and moral themes causes particular valuation problems. However, accurate estimation of the welfare of battery hens is difficult, because animal welfare concerns may only be one reason why free-range eggs are purchased. Also, the potential use of consumer purchase prices as references to value may make consumer surplus estimates problematic. 2 downloads: http://www.eap-journal.com.au/download.php?file=365 and http://www.eap-journal.com.au/download.php?file=366

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  • Rolfe, John, 1999. "Ethical Rules and the Demand for Free Range Eggs," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(2), pages 187-206, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecanpo:v:29:y:1999:i:2:p:187-206
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    1. Lu, Yiqing & Cranfield, John & Widowski, Tina, 2013. "Consumer Preference for Eggs from Enhanced Animal Welfare Production System: A Stated Choice Analysis," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150276, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Hobbs, Jill E. & Innes, Brian G. & Uzea, Adrian D. & Zhang, Jing, 2012. "Food Quality Verifications and Consumer Trust," 86th Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2012, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 135069, Agricultural Economics Society.
    3. Makdisi, Fadi & Marggraf, Rainer, 2011. "Consumer Willingness-To-Pay For Farm Animal Welfare In Germany - The Case Of Broiler," 51st Annual Conference, Halle, Germany, September 28-30, 2011 115359, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
    4. Trewin, Ray, 2001. "The Economics of Regulated Changes to the Australian Egg Industry," 2001 Conference (45th), January 23-25, 2001, Adelaide 125981, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    5. Donaghy, Peter & Rolfe, John & Bennett, Jeffrey W., 2003. "Consumer demands for organic and genetically modified foods," 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia 57862, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    6. Liljenstolpe, Carolina, 2005. "Valuing Animal Welfare with Choice Experiments: An Application to Swedish Pig Production," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24503, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    7. Donaghy, Peter & Rolfe, John & Bennett, Jeffrey W., 2002. "Disaggregating consumer demands for organic and genetically modified foods using the Choice Modelling technique," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra 179524, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    8. Carolina Liljenstolpe, 2008. "Evaluating animal welfare with choice experiments: an application to Swedish pig production," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(1), pages 67-84.
    9. Patterson, Jacinta & Mugera, Amin & Burton, Michael, 2015. "Consumer Preferences for Welfare Friendly Production Methods: The Case of Chicken Production in Western Australia," 2015 Conference (59th), February 10-13, 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand 202567, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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    Keywords

    Contingent Valuation; Morals; Welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources
    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco

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