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Using flexible taste distributions to value collective reputation for environmentally-friendly production methods

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In this paper we investigate consumer preferences for various environmentally-friendly production systems for carrots. We use discrete-choice multi-attribute stated-preference data to explore the effect of the collective reputation of growers from an Alpine valley with an established reputation for its environmentally-friendly production: Val di Gresta “the valley of organic orchards”. Data analysis of the panel of discrete responses identifies unobserved taste heterogeneity for organic, biodynamic and place of origin along with extra variance associated with experimentally designed alternatives. The assumed parametric taste distributions are each tested using the semi-nonparametric specification proposed by Fosgerau and Bierlaire (2007), while the null of normality cannot be rejected for organic and biodynamic production methods, it is rejected for the place of origin. The latter is found to be bi-modal, with modes at each side of zero. The use of a flexible taste distribution increases the plausibility of this form of heterogeneity and it appears promising for future applied studies.

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  • Ricardo Scarpa & Mara Thiene & Francesco Marangon, 2007. "Using flexible taste distributions to value collective reputation for environmentally-friendly production methods," Working Papers in Economics 07/24, University of Waikato.
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    Mixed logit; Flexible taste distributions; Random utility parameters; Collective reputation; Sustainable agriculture; Choice modeling; Environmentally-friendly methods;
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    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • Q26 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Recreational Aspects of Natural Resources

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