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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 126; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16010126

Consumer’s Willingness to Pay a Premium for Organic Fruits in China: A Double-Hurdle Analysis

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State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-Ecosystems, Key Laboratory of Grassland Livestock Industry Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730020, China
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College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730020, China
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School of Business, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China
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College of Management and Economics, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Xi’an 712100, China
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Received: 8 November 2018 / Revised: 23 December 2018 / Accepted: 27 December 2018 / Published: 5 January 2019
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Abstract

The aim of the paper was to assess how consumers evaluate organic labeled fruits and to what extent they are willing to pay a premium for fresh fruits with organic labels. A double-hurdle model is applied to data obtained by interviewing 407 fresh fruit consumers in nine Chinese cities. Willingness-to-pay a premium was modeled as a function of a series of demographic, socio-economic variables, plus fruit attributes, perceptions of fruit safety, and risk attitudes. Results indicate that the most important factors influencing willingness to pay a premium involved positive attitudes toward organic label, attention to fruit safety, the perception of importance of fruit attributes. Moreover, the more income consumers earn, the more likely they would be willing to pay a premium for organic fresh fruits. The recorded consumer interest in safety and quality of fresh fruits reveals that a promising market for organic fruits could be developed by an adequate knowledge on organic label and an effective market monitoring system. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic fruits; China; double-hurdle model; premium; willingness to pay organic fruits; China; double-hurdle model; premium; willingness to pay
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Wang, L.; Wang, J.; Huo, X. Consumer’s Willingness to Pay a Premium for Organic Fruits in China: A Double-Hurdle Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 126.

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