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Impact of Chinese acquisition of a US Company on Consumer Willingness to Pay

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  • Zhang, Yu Yvette
  • Palma, Marco A.
  • Jin, Shaosheng

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In this study, we explore how the acquisition of Smithfield, the world’s larger pork producer, by a Chinese firm Shuanghui, on consumers’ WTP to meat product using experimental auctions. Our results indicate that the acquisition benefits Shuanghui in particular and other Chinese firms in general in terms of consumer’s willingness to pay. On the other firms, the general impacts on US firms might be negative, probably due to expected lower price or reduced perceived difference between domestic and imported meat products.

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  • Zhang, Yu Yvette & Palma, Marco A. & Jin, Shaosheng, 2015. "Impact of Chinese acquisition of a US Company on Consumer Willingness to Pay," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 205811, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea15:205811
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.205811
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    1. Zhang, Yu Yvette & Palma, Marco A. & Jin, Shaosheng & Yuan, Xiaotong, 2016. "Investigating the US Consumer Response to the Chinese Acquisition of a US Firm," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 236024, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Yu Yvette Zhang & Marco A. Palma & Shaosheng Jin & Xiaotong Yuan, 2019. "US consumer reactions to China's Shuanghui acquisition of Smithfield Foods and its neural basis," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 35(1), pages 69-83, January.

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