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The COVID-19 Lockdown Effect on the Intention to Purchase Sustainable Brands

by 1,†, 2,*,† and 2,†
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Department of Engineering and Management, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, 29 Bulevardul Profesor Dimitrie Mangeron, 700050 Iași, Romania
2
Economics, Business and Marketing Department, Catholic University of Valencia, 34 Corona Street, E-46003 Valencia, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Marc A. Rosen and Ermanno C. Tortia
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3241; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063241
Received: 21 January 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 10 March 2021 / Published: 15 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Practices and Corporate Financial Performance)
After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 March 2020, almost all European countries entered a lockdown. This context caused sudden changes at multiple levels, affecting the way people were working, buying, studying and even the way they were interacting. Moreover, during lockdown people showed a special attention to local and sustainable brands giving momentum to the interest on sustainability, that has been increasing in the last years. Therefore, this study aims to determine the intention of buying sustainable and local brands due to the COVID-19 lockdown. An online survey was conducted for two groups of young adults from Spain and Romania, between April and June 2020. The questionnaire respects the methodological recommendations of Azjen (1985) and related literature on how to construct a survey based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and it aims to gather information about the three main constructs that determine the individual’s behavioral intention: attitudes, subjective norms and perceived behavioral control. The results suggest that both Spanish and Romanian samples intended to buy more local and sustainable brands, despite the slightly different attitudes. Moreover, the data show that both subjective norms and perceived behavioral control influence attitudes toward sustainable and local brands, and hence, indirectly the intention to buy sustainable products. The outcomes are adding to the literature on sustainability, and understanding the effects of COVID-19 on consumer behavior. Additionally, the results can help better understand the importance of sustainability in Spain and Romania, and therefore, offering support to practitioners in building policies and programs that encourage a sustainable lifestyle. View Full-Text
Keywords: theory of planned behavior; COVID-19; purchase intention; structural equation modeling; sustainability theory of planned behavior; COVID-19; purchase intention; structural equation modeling; sustainability
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Alexa, L.; Apetrei, A.; Sapena, J. The COVID-19 Lockdown Effect on the Intention to Purchase Sustainable Brands. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3241. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063241

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Alexa L, Apetrei A, Sapena J. The COVID-19 Lockdown Effect on the Intention to Purchase Sustainable Brands. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3241. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063241

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Alexa, Lidia, Andreea Apetrei, and Juan Sapena. 2021. "The COVID-19 Lockdown Effect on the Intention to Purchase Sustainable Brands" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3241. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063241

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