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CeCAR Seminar with Nicolas Treich


Nicolas Treich, Professor, Toulouse School of Economics (INRA) will present the paper "An economic model of the meat paradox".


How can individuals, at the same time, care about animals and eat meat? We design a survey study to explore this "meat paradox". Survey participants (N=2,921) underestimate farm animal suffering, and underestimate it more when they eat more meat. Building on the literature on cognitive dissonance, we develop a model in which individuals form self-serving beliefs about the animal farming industry in order to reduce their moral cost of guilt, and we explore its economic implications. The model predicts that individuals become more realistic when the price of meat increases, and that information about animal farming practices has a negative value when individuals are not realistic. Several empirical observations are consistent with our model.

The seminar is Co-sponsored with the Environmental Economics Seminar at the School of Business, Economics and Law.

Datum: 2017-10-23

Tid: 12:00 - 15:00

Kategorier: Ekonomi/juridik

Arrangör: Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR/The Environmental Economics Seminar

Plats: Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1

Kontaktperson: Niklas Harring


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