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Are Eco-Labels Valuable? Evidence From the Apparel Industry

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  • Nimon, Wesley
  • Beghin, John

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Using apparel catalog data from the United States, we estimate hedonic price functions to identify market valuation of environmental attributes of apparel goods. We identify a significant and robust premium for the organic fibers embodied in the apparel goods. We also find a discount for the “no-dye†label. We do not, however, find any evidence of a premium for environment-friendly dyes. We further investigate the pricing behavior of apparel suppliers for potential heterogeneous pricing of the organic-fiber attribute and find no evidence of different premia across firms.

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  • Nimon, Wesley & Beghin, John, 1999. "Are Eco-Labels Valuable? Evidence From the Apparel Industry," ISU General Staff Papers 199901010800001234, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genstf:199901010800001234
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    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
    • L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables: Clothing, Textiles, Shoes, and Leather Goods; Household Goods; Sports Equipment

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