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Do consumers buy organic food for sustainability or selfish reasons?

Bergès, Fabian and Monier-Dilhan, Sylvette (2013) Do consumers buy organic food for sustainability or selfish reasons? TSE Working Paper, n. 13-372

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The expansion of organic agriculture is a key issue in sustainable development. We study consumers’ motives for buying organic food products by analysing the combination of goods in baskets purchased by a panel of French households. Organic proneness can be motivated by concern for sustainable development and/or by self-interest (health or product quality considerations). The pro-social motivation of consumers of organic products is inferred from the presence of ‘Fair Trade’ products in their baskets, whereas consumer self-interest is deduced from the presence of healthy and higher quality labeled products.
Our results on effective purchases indicate that buyers of organic products are primarily motivated by sustainability considerations, then by health and finally by expected quality improvement. However, certain household socio demographic characteristics impact on the ranking of self-interested motives. Higher education level, family size and organic loyalty have a positive impact on the quality-related motive for purchasing organic goods.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: January 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organic food, Sustainability, Consumers’ choice, Basket analysis
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:32
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:22
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