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Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Food Safety Perceptions—A Choice-Based Willingness to Pay Study

Institute of Marketing and Innovation, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, A-1180 Vienna, Austria
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7270; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187270
Received: 27 July 2020 / Revised: 25 August 2020 / Accepted: 31 August 2020 / Published: 4 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food Quality, Price and Consumer Choices)
As the COVID-19 pandemic brings about sudden change in societies across the globe and likely heralds the start of a recession, we examine the pandemic’s impact on consumer food safety perceptions. Due to its origin, COVID-19, likely spurring from an animal-to-human transmission in the context of a wet market, may impact consumer food perceptions in similar ways to the avian flu (H5N1) and the swine flu (H1N1). We examine this effect by studying preferences for beef meat in a consumer survey in the United States (n = 999) using a choice-based experiment. We compare our findings to Lim et al. (2014), who elicited consumer beef willingness to pay (WTP). Additionally, we investigate the impact of the looming recession by analyzing several attributes and their effect on consumer preferences. Our findings suggest that food safety concerns have become more important. As a result, production standards and the country of origin have lost importance. Additionally, we show that the socioeconomic impact for some respondents impacts their shopping preferences. Finally, we outline potential areas for future research as well as managerial implications. View Full-Text
Keywords: choice-based conjoint analysis (CBCA); willingness to pay (WTP); food safety; COVID-19; coronavirus choice-based conjoint analysis (CBCA); willingness to pay (WTP); food safety; COVID-19; coronavirus
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Meixner, O.; Katt, F. Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Food Safety Perceptions—A Choice-Based Willingness to Pay Study. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7270. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187270

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Meixner, Oliver, and Felix Katt. 2020. "Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Food Safety Perceptions—A Choice-Based Willingness to Pay Study" Sustainability 12, no. 18: 7270. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187270

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