Consumer Boycotts: The Impact of the Iraq War on French Wine Sales in the U.S
The French Opposition to the war in Iraq in early 2003, prompted calls for a boycott of French wine in the US. We measure the magnitude of consumers%u2019 participation in the boycott, and look at basic evidence of who participates. Conservative estimates indicate that the boycott resulted in 26% lower weekly sales at its peak, and 13% lower sales over the six month period that we estimate the boycott lasted for. These findings suggest that business should be concerned that their actions may provoke a boycott which hurts their profits. We also find that neither political preferences or media attention are important determinants of boycott participation.
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|Publication status:||published as Chavis, L. and P. Leslie. “Consumer Boycotts: The Impact of the Iraq War on French Wine Sales in the U.S.” Quantitative Marketing & Economics 7, 1 (2009): 37-67.|
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