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Consumer Behavior, Public Policy, and Country-of-Origin Labeling

Jayson Lusk (), Jason Brown (), Tyler Mark (), Idlir Proseku, Rachel Thompson and Jody Welsh

Review of Agricultural Economics, 2006, vol. 28, issue 2, 284-292

Abstract: Recent work by agricultural economists has failed to adequately identify why consumers desire country-of-origin labeling, a key piece of information needed to determine whether a market-failure exists. This paper brings to the attention of agricultural economists a sizable body of literature on country-of-origin effects from the marketing and business disciplines. Based on this literature, we draw a distinction between several consumer motivations for origin labels and we identify which of these is cause for public policy. We propose several research questions that require answers if the consequences of country-of-origin labeling policy are to be fully understood. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2006
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