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Ekologiska livsmedel i detaljhandeln: En mikro-ekonometrisk studie av svenska hushålls efterfrågan
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2014, the share of organic food in total retail trade increased by 41 percent – i.e., the equivalent of about SEK 3 billion compared to the previous year. An increased awareness of the environment, health and animal husbandry are driving factors for the increased demand of organic food versus the conventional alternatives. This study intends to analyze this demand with a focus on the role of income development. The theory is based on basic neoclassical microeconomics and supplemented by the Environmental Kuznets Curve, and the so-called EKC hypothesis. This hypothesis was tested to examine the relationship between households’ disposable income and the consumption of organic food. The study aims to investigate how Swedish households’ demand for organic food varies for different income levels and consumer groups, such as households with children or single-resident. The study employs data on the proportion of organic food for Swedish households during the time period 2004-2014. The results show that the proportion of organic food increases with households’ disposable income, but there is no empirical support for the EKC hypothesis. For households with children, the proportion of organic food consumed is higher relative to households without children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Ekologisk mat, hållbar konsumtion, icke hållbar konsumtion, environmental Kuznets curve, EKC-hypotesen, mikro-ekonometri, ekologiska livsmedel
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49187Local ID: 68fb3770-3d23-46b5-9b4e-3131bfb4bbf7OAI: diva2:1022533
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Business and Economics, master's level
Validerat; 20160630 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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