Affect or information? Labeling policy and consumer valuation of rBST free and organic characteristics of milk
Using a labeling policy framework, we answer the question of whether attitude has an impact on consumers' valuation of rBST-free and organic characteristics of milk. We utilize 2 years of consumer survey data and a hedonic model to estimate marginal effects of attitude on consumer valuation of rBST-free and organic milk. Findings indicate that in 2001 milk value was impacted by attitude, regardless of whether attitude was measured using an opinion based or behavioral construct. In 2004 the contribution of attitude to value was insignificant. Implications for labeling policy are discussed.
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