What is it Consumers really want, and how can their preferences be influenced? The Case of fat in Milk

In this paper we investigate preferences for fat in milk through a structural characteristics model. The data includes information about daily purchases and social and demographic characteristics of more than 1,100 households. We find that consumers who prefer milk with a high fat content do not react to information about health effects, but can be influenced by prices, while consumers who prefer milk with a low share of fat are influenced by information, but are less price sensitive. Therefore, when attempting to decrease consumption of fat from milk, prices are more efficient than information.


Issue Date:
2012-02
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/122728
Total Pages:
38
JEL Codes:
D12




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