Health Information and the Choice of Fish Species: An Experiment Measuring the Impact of Risk and Benefit Information, April 2006

(2006) Health Information and the Choice of Fish Species: An Experiment Measuring the Impact of Risk and Benefit Information, April 2006. Iowa State University

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Abstract

An experiment was conducted in France to evaluate the impact of health information on consumers’ choice between two different types of fish. Successive messages revealing risks (methylmercury) and benefits (omega-3s) of consuming the fish, along with consumption recommendations, were delivered. Results show a significant difference of reaction according to the order and type of information. The information about risks had a larger marginal impact on change in willingness to pay (WTP) than did the information about benefits. While the results show that detailed messages on risks/benefits, including recommendations for nutrition behavior, matter in the modification of WTP, 40% of respondents did not change their initial choices after the revelation of health information.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: experimental economics, fish consumption, health information, nutrition
Subjects: Health and medicine > Nutrition
Health and medicine
ID Code: 3597
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 23 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2006
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/3597

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