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Trust in Authorities Monitoring the Distribution of Genetically Modified Foods: Dimensionality, Measurement Issues, and Determinants

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  • Bocker, Andreas
  • Nocella, Giuseppe

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Based on a combined internet and mail survey in Germany the independence of indicators of trust in public authorities from indicators of attitudes toward genetically modified food is tested. Despite evidence of a link between trust indicators on the one hand and evaluation of benefits and perceived likelihoods of risks, correlation with other factors is found to be moderate on average. But the trust indicators exhibit only a moderate relation with the respondents' preference for either sole public control or a cooperation of public and private bodies in the monitoring of GM food distribution. Instead, age and location in either the New or the Old Lander are found to be significantly related with such preferences.

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  • Bocker, Andreas & Nocella, Giuseppe, 2005. "Trust in Authorities Monitoring the Distribution of Genetically Modified Foods: Dimensionality, Measurement Issues, and Determinants," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24605, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Keywords

    consumer trust; genetically modified foods; monitoring; food safety; Agricultural and Food Policy; D18; Z13;

    JEL classification:

    • D18 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Protection
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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