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Animal Welfare and Eggs – Cheap Talk or Money on the Counter?

  • Laura Mørch Andersen

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    (Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen)

We estimate revealed willingness to pay for animal welfare using a panel mixed logit model. We utilize a unique household level panel, combining real purchases with survey data on perceived public and private good attributes of different types of eggs. We estimate willingness to pay for organic eggs controlling for trust in a positive connection between the public good animal welfare and the organic label and the private good food safety also connected to the label. Our results suggest that in the real world, animal welfare plays a minor role in the demand for agricultural products.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen, Department of Food and Resource Economics in its series IFRO Working Paper with number 2010/6.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
Date of revision: Apr 2011
Handle: RePEc:foi:wpaper:2010_06
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