The Journal of Consumer Affairs

Scholarly research journal publishes articles in the consumer field, including the impact of individual, business and/or government decisions on consumers.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, Winter

A Life-Course Approach to Measuring Household Wealth
This paper illustrates how to measure per-period wealth and compares per-period wealth to more traditional measures, such as current net worth (current assets minus current liabilities). Per-period wealth differs from net worth in two major ways. First,...
Consumer Preferences for Health Care Reform Options
This study uses the 1992 Health and Retirement Study to examine consumer preferences for four health care reform options: tax-financed national health insurance, personally subsidized Medicare extensions, publicly subsidized nursing home insurance,...
Consumer Risk Perception Profiles regarding Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rbGH)
This study examines individual differences in risk perception typologies, specifically for recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH). Results indicate diverse consumer profiles across risk perception categories. Awareness of rbGH is significantly affected...
Consumer Satisfaction with a Managed Health Care Plan
This study estimates the effects of four categories of variables hypothesized to influence patient satisfaction with a managed care health benefits plan. Ordinal probit is used to include the full spectrum of information available on the satisfaction...
Do the Poor Pay More for Food? an Analysis of Grocery Store Availability and Food Price Disparities
Do the poor pay more for food? To answer this question, this study was conducted to provide an empirical analysis of grocery store access and prices across inner city and suburban communities within the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. The...
Factors That Influence Adolescents to Smoke
Predictor variables previously examined in separate studies (prior beliefs, peer pressure, family smoking, advertising, and antismoking information) were combined in a single study, surveying 246 adolescents. The variables were round to be significant...
Linking Consumer and Lender Perspectives in Home Buying: A Transaction Price Analysis
The linkage between consumer and lender perspectives in home buying is explored. The realized transaction price in the home buying exchange is used to conceptualize this association. A framework for modeling the home purchase decision from the perspective...
The Hierarchy of Consumer Participation and Patterns of Economic, Social, and Political Participation [1]
This article examines relationships between the hierarchy of consumer participation and propensities for general political and community participation. The results of an empirical study reveal how patterns of participation, knowledge seeking, and decision...
The Role of Qualifying Language on Consumer Perceptions of Environmental Claims
A copy-test of seven enviromnental claims on aerosol packages shows that consumers interpret general, unqualified claims (e.g., environmentally friendly or ozone friendly) as meaning the product is safe for the environment in both an absolute (safe)...
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