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Manufacturers' responses to new nutrition labeling regulations


1997 1997

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The goal of my dissertation is to explain the complex relationship between government regulation of consumer information and firms' responses to the new nutrition labeling regulations under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA) in terms of product offerings, use of nutrition labeling and claims made. Thus, the focus is on companies' responses and the performance outcomes of this regulatory/strategy interaction in terms of product quality and availability, as well as reliability of product information.

My dissertation also analyzes manufacturers' incentives to introduce or reposition products to meet increased demand for food with healthier nutritional attributes. I employ theoretical work by Grossman and other authors to explore the necessary and sufficient conditions for quality information (e.g., nutritional and health claims) to be adequately supplied and for markets for products of varying quality to exist. In addition my study evaluates the scope of nutritional quality changes caused by the introduction of the NLEA. The data set I use allows me to compute quality change indexes for small continuous changes in nutritional quality and quantify the subjective notion of the "quality" of food products by measuring specific combinations of nutritional characteristics. The data set contains a complete census of all products offered in 33 product categories in a representative superstore in Massachusetts, including 850 to 1025 branded and private label products for the years 1991 through 1995.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Agricultural economics;
Marketing;
Economic theory
Classification
0503: Agricultural economics
0338: Marketing
0511: Economic theory
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Manufacturers' responses to new nutrition labeling regulations
Author
Mojduszka, Eliza Maria
Number of pages
245
Publication year
1997
Degree date
1997
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 58/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0591598361, 9780591598360
Advisor
Caswell, Julie A.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9809371
ProQuest document ID
304352700
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304352700
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