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What is it Consumers really want, and how can their preferences be influenced? The Case of fat in Milk

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  • Andersen, Laura M.
  • Smed, Sinne

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In this paper we investigate preferences for fat in milk through a structural characteristics model. The data includes information about daily purchases and social and demographic characteristics of more than 1,100 households. We find that consumers who prefer milk with a high fat content do not react to information about health effects, but can be influenced by prices, while consumers who prefer milk with a low share of fat are influenced by information, but are less price sensitive. Therefore, when attempting to decrease consumption of fat from milk, prices are more efficient than information.

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  • Andersen, Laura M. & Smed, Sinne, 2012. "What is it Consumers really want, and how can their preferences be influenced? The Case of fat in Milk," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA 122728, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    Keywords

    Fat in milk; Characteristics model; hedonic prices; information; panel data; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; D12;

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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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