Public and Private Preferences for Animal Cloning Policies
Brooks, Kathleen R. | Lusk, Jayson L.
Data on individuals’ private shopping choices are often used to draw conclusions about theirdesires for food policies. The purpose of this paper is to test this often-implicit assumption usingdata from a nationwide survey about animal cloning. We find that although individuals’ privatechoices indicate a strong desire to avoid meat and milk from cloned cattle, public choices predictthat only 40.29% have a positive WTP for such a ban. The results suggest caution is necessarywhen inferring public preferences from private choices.Show more [+] Less [-]