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Why is Expert Opinion on Wine Valueless?


  • James J. Fogarty

    (Department of Economics, The University of Western Australia)


This paper presents an improved hedonic price estimate for wine sold in the Australian retail market. In the model developed, concepts from viticulture and wine tasting theory have been drawn upon to ensure both estimation technique, and variable selection are theoretically sound. Approach the estimation question in this manner has provided important new insights into domestic wine pricing. The empirical results presented suggest: (i) objective characteristics and long-term quality ratings explain price; (ii) annual wine quality ratings do not influence price; and (iii) OLS, not 2SLS, is the most appropriate estimation technique.

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  • James J. Fogarty, 2002. "Why is Expert Opinion on Wine Valueless?," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 02-17, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:02-17

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