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CONSUMER ATTITUDES TOWARDS GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS IN NORWAY

Kristine Grimsrud, Jill McCluskey (), Maria Loureiro and Thomas Wahl ()

No 19818, 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: There is a lack of public acceptance of genetically modified (GM) food products in Europe. Using a dichotomous choice contingent valuation methodology, we find that willingness to accept (WTA) for GM food in Norway is positively affected (i.e. a greater discount is required) by higher levels of self-reported risk perceptions toward GM-food and preferences for domestically produced food. The estimation results show that self-reported knowledge about biotechnology increases WTA while higher levels of formal education decrease the WTA for GM-foods. Also, respondents who have a high level of concern about food safety have a higher WTA for GM food. Further, we estimate mean willingness to accept for GM food products. Our results indicate that our sample on average wants a 47.7% discount on GM bread compared to conventional bread. For GM-salmon a 56.0% discount compared to non-GM salmon is necessary.

Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31
Date: 2002
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.19818

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