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Are Korean consumers willing to pay a tax for a mandatory BSE testing programme?

Sang Hyeon Lee (), Ji Yong Lee, Doo Bong Han and Rodolfo Nayga

Applied Economics, 2015, vol. 47, issue 13, 1286-1297

Abstract: The outbreaks of mad cow disease (BSE) have significantly increased the demand for food safety programs in the Korean beef market. Two issues that are getting much attention are about whether Korea should implement mandatory testing of slaughtered domestic cattle for BSE and whether consumers are willing to pay a tax for the programme. No study, however, has examined consumers' willingness to pay (WTP) a tax for a BSE testing programme. We conducted a contingent valuation (CV) study using a double-bounded dichotomous choice approach to estimate Korean consumers' valuation for a mandatory BSE testing programme on slaughtered domestic cattle that are 21months or older. Our results show that the sample-population adjusted mean estimate of WTP a tax per year is 4482 KRW (US $4.01) per household. This suggests that Korean consumers have a strong preference for a mandatory testing of domestic cattle for BSE. This study also found that Korean consumers' WTP for the programme is greater than estimated implementation costs of the programme. These results imply that implementing a mandatory BSE testing programme in Korea could confer positive consumer welfare.

Date: 2015
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