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Are consumers concerned about palm oil? Evidence from a lab experiment

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  • Disdier, Anne-Célia
  • Marette, Stéphan
  • Millet, Guy

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A lab experiment evaluates the consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for food products made with and without palm oil. Palm oil production induces environmental damages, and its consumption presents a health risk. However, the production of alternative oils raises land use issues. In the experiment, successive messages emphasizing the characteristics of palm oil and palm oil-free products are delivered to participants. Information has a significant influence on WTP when it underlines the negative impact of the related product. This effect is stronger for the palm oil product than for the palm oil-free product. The experiment also compares the welfare effects of two regulatory instruments, namely a consumer information campaign versus a per-unit tax. Because of the respective attributes of both palm oil and palm oil-free products, the information campaign improves welfare with a much larger impact than the tax.

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  • Disdier, Anne-Célia & Marette, Stéphan & Millet, Guy, 2013. "Are consumers concerned about palm oil? Evidence from a lab experiment," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 180-189.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:43:y:2013:i:c:p:180-189
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2013.09.003
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    Keywords

    Consumer information campaign; Experimental economics; Palm oil; Per-unit tax; Willingness to pay;

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    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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