The paper develops a measure of consumer welfare losses associated with withholding information about a possible link between BSE and vCJD. The Cost of Ignorance (COI) is measured by comparing the utility of the informed choice with the utility of the uninformed choice, under conditions of improved information. Unlike previous work that is largely based on a single equation demand model, the measure is obtained retrieving a cost function from a dynamic Almost Ideal Demand System. The stimated perceived loss for Italian consumers due to delayed information ranges from 12 percent to 54 percent of total meat expenditure, depending on the month assumed to embody correct beliefs about the safety level of beef.

Consumer Welfare and the loss induced by withheld information: the case of BSE in Italy / MAZZOCCHI M.; G. STEFANI; HENSON S.. - In: JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0021-857X. - STAMPA. - 55:(2004), pp. 41-58. [10.1111/j.1477-9552.2004.tb00078.x]

Consumer Welfare and the loss induced by withheld information: the case of BSE in Italy

STEFANI, GIANLUCA;
2004

Abstract

The paper develops a measure of consumer welfare losses associated with withholding information about a possible link between BSE and vCJD. The Cost of Ignorance (COI) is measured by comparing the utility of the informed choice with the utility of the uninformed choice, under conditions of improved information. Unlike previous work that is largely based on a single equation demand model, the measure is obtained retrieving a cost function from a dynamic Almost Ideal Demand System. The stimated perceived loss for Italian consumers due to delayed information ranges from 12 percent to 54 percent of total meat expenditure, depending on the month assumed to embody correct beliefs about the safety level of beef.
2004
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41
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MAZZOCCHI M.; G. STEFANI; HENSON S.
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