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Organic Food Consumption Patterns in France

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  • Hassan, Daniel
  • Monier-Dilhan, Sylvette
  • Nichele, Veronique
  • Simioni, Michel

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This research addresses two important issues for the future expansion of organic consumption in France. The first one is related to knowing whether the organic choice is a permanent feature of consumer’s attitude or not: Do organic buyers occasionally pick one organic product or do they choose organic for “several” categories? The second issue concerns the impact of prices on buying organics which is revisited, distinguishing between capturing new consumers and increasing the demand coming from people already involved in organic markets. These questions are examined using the market basket approach; the price issue requires further estimations of demand models. The study relies on two staple food products, eggs and milk. The findings are : (i) choosing organic for one of the two items reinforces the probability of purchasing also the organic version of the second item; (ii) marginal reductions of the organic price have no impact on the decision of buying organic rather than conventional products; (iii) on the contrary, when people already purchase organic products, price elasticities are rather high; (iv) organic buyers’ demographic profile is not related to income neither to age nor to family size, but to the educational level.

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  • Hassan, Daniel & Monier-Dilhan, Sylvette & Nichele, Veronique & Simioni, Michel, 2009. "Organic Food Consumption Patterns in France," 2009 Pre-Conference Workshop, August 16, 2009, Diet and Obesity: Role of Prices and Policies 53342, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Schroeck, Rebecca, 2011. "Wie sensibel reagieren deutsche Verbraucher auf Preisänderungen bei Bio-Eiern? Eine Nachfrageanalyse mit Haushaltspanel-Daten," 51st Annual Conference, Halle, Germany, September 28-30, 2011 114492, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
    2. Bergès, Fabian & Monier-Dilhan, Sylvette, 2013. "Do consumers buy organic food for sustainability or selfish reasons?," TSE Working Papers 13-372, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), revised Aug 2013.
    3. Terlau, Wiltrud & Hirsch, Darya, 2015. "Sustainable Consumption and the Attitude-Behaviour-Gap Phenomenon - Causes and Measurements towards a Sustainable Development," 144th Seminar, February 9-13, 2015, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 206233, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Meyer, Andrew, 2015. "Does education increase pro-environmental behavior? Evidence from Europe," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 108-121.
    5. repec:eee:joreco:v:21:y:2014:i:5:p:804-811 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Dominika Srednicka-Tober & Renata Kazimierczak & Ewelina Hallmann, 2016. "European Organic Food Consumers: Motives, Actions and Implications (Charakterystyka europejskich konsumentow zywnoœci ekologicznej – motywy, dzialania i implikacje)," Problemy Zarzadzania, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 14(58), pages 100-108.
    7. Schroeck, Rebecca, 2011. "A Demand System Analysis of Organic and Conventional Fresh Milk in Germany Segmented by Consumer Groups," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 115995, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    8. Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov & Rudholm, Niklas, 2014. "Does shelf-labeling of organic foods increase sales? Results from a natural experiment," Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Elsevier, vol. 21(5), pages 804-811.
    9. Terlau, Wiltrud & Hirsch, Darya, 2015. "Sustainable Consumption and the Attitude-Behaviour-Gap Phenomenon - Causes and Measurements towards a Sustainable Development," 2015 International European Forum, February 17-21, 2014, Innsbruck-Igls, Austria 206233, International European Forum on Innovation and System Dynamics in Food Networks.

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    Keywords

    market basket approach; purchasing behavior; logit model; Consumer/Household Economics; Demand and Price Analysis; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; C35; D12; Q13;

    JEL classification:

    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness

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