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How Should the Health Benefits of Food Safety Programs Be Measured?

V. Kerry Smith, Carol Mansfield and Aaron Strong

A chapter in Preference Measurement in Health, 2014, vol. 24, pp 161-202 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Purpose This chapter reports estimates of consumers’ preferences for plans to improve food safety. Design/methodology/approach The plans are distinguished based on whether they address the ex ante risk of food borne illness or the ex post effects of the illness. They are also distinguished based on whether they focus on a public good – reducing risk of illness for all consumers or allowing individual households to reduce their private risks of contracting a food borne pathogen. Findings Based on a National Survey conducted in 2007 using the Knowledge Network internet panel, our findings indicate consumers favor ex ante risk reductions and are willing to pay approximately $250 annually to reduce the risk of food borne illness. Moreover, they prefer private to public approaches and would not support efforts to reduce the severity of cases of illness over risk reductions. Originality/value This study is the first research that allows a comparison of survey respondents’ choices between public and private mechanisms for ex ante risk reductions.

Keywords: Food borne illness; willingness to pay; risk reduction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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