Public and Private Preferences for Animal Cloning Policies

Data on individuals’ private shopping choices are often used to draw conclusions about their desires for food policies. The purpose of this paper is to test this often-implicit assumption using data from a nationwide survey about animal cloning. We find that although individuals’ private choices indicate a strong desire to avoid meat and milk from cloned cattle, public choices predict that only 40.29% have a positive WTP for such a ban. The results suggest caution is necessary when inferring public preferences from private choices.


Brooks, Kathleen R.; Lusk, Jayson L., Public and Private Preferences for Animal Cloning Policies, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 37, Issue 3, December 2012, Pages 485-501

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