The Effects of Observability and an Information Nudge on Food Choice
Astrid Dannenberg () and
Eva Weingaertner ()
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Astrid Dannenberg: University of Kassel
Eva Weingaertner: University of Kassel
MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)
Our choice of food has major impacts on the environment. At the same time, it is visible to all people with whom we spend our daily lives. This raises the question of whether people are adapting their diets to gain a green reputation, as has been observed for other environmentally relevant consumption choices. Using an experiment in which participants can choose between vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based food vouchers, we examine how observation by others and the provision of an information nudge influence food choices. The results show that providing an information nudge reduces the likelihood of choosing meat by 12 percentage points. Observation by others does not significantly reduce the likelihood of choosing meat. Contrary to our prediction, when participants are observed and receive the information nudge, they are less inclined to choose one of the more sustainable options. We discuss the reasons for the partly surprising results and the implications for policy.
Keywords: Food choice; meat consumption; information nudge; observability; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 D91 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 60 pages
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