The current Korean rice-grading system has a “no test” option that allows rice to not be graded in the market. This study examines Korean consumers’ valuation of a rice-grading system without the “no test” option. We apply a nonhypothetical experimental auction to elicit consumers’ willingness to pay for each rice grade and identify the impact of the provision of additional grading information on product valuation. We then use contingent and inferred valuations to obtain consumers’ valuation of a mandatory rice-grading system without the “no test” option. We find that Korean consumers are willing to pay an additional premium for each rice grade and that rice-grading information is the most important factor that differentiates the rice products. Rice consumers in Korea also strongly prefer a mandatory rice-grading system without the “no test” option.
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2018 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change
- Animal Science and Zoology
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Economics and Econometrics