The Impact of Consumer Beef Safety Awareness on U.S. Beef Exports

Elham Darbandi, Riza Radmehr, Sayed H. Saghaian

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We quantified the impact of consumer awareness about beef safety on U.S. beef exports. An index to reflect consumer awareness is constructed based on publicized reports in the media. Results showed a 0.8% reduction in U.S. beef exports arose from foodborne-disease news. In addition, using impulse response functions derived from a panel vector autoregressive model (panel VAR with the system GMM estimator), we found that the negative impact of a shock in food safety news intensified after three quarters and then diminished. Investing in any scheme that minimizes the impact of food safety events, such as quality labeling, is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-156
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Trade Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Consumer awareness
  • U.S. beef exports
  • beef safety
  • panel data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Business and International Management


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