The seminar will be held in person in Edward Wright S86 and via Teams on Wednesday 04th October from 15:00-16:15.
Join Dr Andreas Gerster, Acting Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. Dr Gerster’s research fields are environmental economics and public economics.
Abstract:Policy makers and non-governmental organizations are concerned that consumers' deliberate ignorance about the consequences of their actions may limit prosocial behaviors. We test this concern in the context of food choices. We find that the avoidance of information about practices in intensive farming leads to higher meat consumption levels, both in the laboratory and in university canteens. Individuals who select out of information acquisition are particularly responsive to it and responses are only short-lived. Our results shed light on the optimal design of information interventions and explain why costless information provision is ineffective in moral contexts.
- Dr Andreas Gerster
- Hosted by
- University of Aberdeen Business School
- Edward Wright Building
No booking required.