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Health Information and the Choice of Fish Species: An Experiment Measuring the Impact of Risk and Benefit Information

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  • Stéphan Marette
  • Jutta Roosen
  • Sandrine Blanchemanche
  • Philippe Verger

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An experiment was conducted in France to evaluate the impact of health information on consumers' choice between two different types of fish. Successive messages revealing risks (methylmercury) and benefits (omega-3s) of consuming the fish, along with consumption recommendations, were delivered. Results show a significant difference of reaction according to the order and type of information. The information about risks had a larger marginal impact on change in willingness to pay (WTP) than did the information about benefits. While the results show that detailed messages on risks/benefits, including recommendations for nutrition behavior, matter in the modification of WTP, 40% of respondents did not change their initial choices after the revelation of health information.

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  • Stéphan Marette & Jutta Roosen & Sandrine Blanchemanche & Philippe Verger, 2007. "Health Information and the Choice of Fish Species: An Experiment Measuring the Impact of Risk and Benefit Information," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 06-wp421, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ias:cpaper:06-wp421
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    1. Marette, Stephan & Roosen, Jutta & Blanchemanche, Sandrine & Verger, Philippe, 2008. "The Choice of Fish Species: An Experiment Measuring the Impact of Risk and Benefit Information," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 33(01), April.

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    Keywords

    experimental economics; fish consumption; health information; nutrition.;

    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health

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