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The use of expert opinion, quality and reputation indicators by consumers: evidence from the French vaulting stallion semen market

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Abstract:

We build a model inspired by the standard hedonic approach developed by Rosen (1974) and completed by Landon and Smith (1997, 1998) to analyse the price of French vaulting stallion semen in 2004. We show that reputation, modelled as an endogenous factor, plays a less important role than information on true quality for the explanation of price dispersion. This result is explained by the fact that information on studhorses is not only available but also reliable, insofar as the quality of a stallion is stable over time, contrary to nondurable products like wine or cigars. This explains also why consumers on this market do not use expert opinions to make their choices.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840701720812

Affiliations: 1: LEM (UMR 8179 CNRS), Universite Catholique de Lille (Faculte Libre des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion), 60 boulevard Vauban 2: Laboratoire OMI-EDJ, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France 3: LEM (UMR 8179 CNRS), Universite Catholique de Lille (Faculte Libre des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion), 60 boulevard Vauban,Laboratoire OMI-EDJ, Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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