The Reliability of Certification: Quality Labels as a Consumer Policy Tool

  title={The Reliability of Certification: Quality Labels as a Consumer Policy Tool},
  author={Gabriele Jahn and Matthias Schramm and Achim Spiller},
  journal={Journal of Consumer Policy},
Given the large number of certification systems in the food industry, it is surprising that there are only a few research approaches to the economics of certification. Certification schemes are used to ensure marketing claims for unobservable quality attributes. Under asymmetric information, process-oriented quality characteristics such as organic farming, animal welfare, or fair trade raise the question of mislabelling. In the long run, only a reliable control procedure can reduce the risk of… 

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