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Publication date: 20 May 2017

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Human Capital and Health Behavior
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-466-2

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Publication date: 6 July 2010

Morten Raun Mørkbak, Tove Christensen and Dorte Gyrd‐Hansen

The objective of this paper is to provide information that can guide governmental intervention strategies to increase demand‐driven supply of food safety. The secondary…

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Purpose

The objective of this paper is to provide information that can guide governmental intervention strategies to increase demand‐driven supply of food safety. The secondary aim is to rank safety attributes relative to other quality characteristics that consumers associate with pork.

Design/methodology/approach

Consumers' preferences for safety as a quality characteristic in pork are investigated using choice experiments. An internet‐based survey was carried out with 1,322 Danish consumers.

Findings

There is a clear ranking of characteristics: domestic produce and low fat are valued as the most important attributes associated with minced pork, followed by reduced Salmonella risks, reduced use of antimicrobial agents, and increased animal welfare. In addition, it is found that consumers stated a clear willingness‐to‐pay for all the assessed product attributes – including the safety attributes.

Practical implications

The positive price premiums for safer food suggest that demand‐driven market‐based solutions might indeed be used to increase the supply of safer food – provided that adequate labelling allows consumers to distinguish between products that differ from each other only with respect to non‐visible safety characteristics. However, it is not suggested that food safety can be left entirely to be determined by market forces due to market failures, consumer preferences and large uncertainties.

Originality/value

Earlier studies have not identified a unique ranking of the importance of safety relative to other quality characteristics in meat products. The main concern is that the value of food safety may be overestimated when it is not valued relative to a full set or as close to a full set as possible of other quality characteristics, which has been attempted in the present survey.

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British Food Journal, vol. 112 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0007-070X

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Prabal K. De

Child immunization is widely recognized as a cost-effective preventive medicine. Unfortunately, in India about 50% of the eligible children aged 12–23 months miss some…

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Child immunization is widely recognized as a cost-effective preventive medicine. Unfortunately, in India about 50% of the eligible children aged 12–23 months miss some essential vaccination. Though a positive association between maternal education and markers of child health like immunization has been long established, the literature has struggled to find a causal relationship, mainly because education is inextricably correlated with other socioeconomic variables like income. In this chapter, I propose a new instrument for women’s education in India using the following facts. First, due to lack of sanitary facilities in schools, particularly rural schools, large number of girls drop out of school once they reach puberty. Second, age at menarche is largely determined by biological factors and not social factors. Together, age at menarche can explain variations in schooling, yet be independent of outcome variables like child immunization. I find that additional years of maternal schooling (conditional on strictly positive years of schooling) do increase the probability of complete immunization of children.

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Human Capital and Health Behavior
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ISBN: 978-1-78635-466-2

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