Cue versus independent food attributes: The effect of adding attributes in choice experiments

Vincenzina Caputo, Riccardo Scarpa, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr

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We examine the effects of adding an independent food attribute on consumers' willingness to pay (WTP) estimates for both cue and independent food attributes. In three separate choice experiments, a cue attribute present along the entire sequence of choices had independent food attributes enucleated and made explicit from the cue at later stages. Logit models were estimated using (i) a complete panel approach; (ii) error components and (iii) utility in WTP-space. Results suggest that the way a subject processes food attributes depends not only on the design dimensions but also on food attributes' functional roles. When complexity of designs increases, models that account for different sources of heterogeneity have better fit to the data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-230
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017



  • Choice design complexity
  • Choice experiment
  • Complete panel data approach
  • Cue and independent food attributes
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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