Differential Impacts of Country of Origin Labeling: COOL Econometric Evidence from Cattle Markets

Country of origin labeling (COOL) is a common practice. It occurs routinely for many products in many places, but the US implementation of mandatory COOL for meat, whose purpose is to identify the origin of the livestock used to produce the meat, generated much controversy and a major WTO dispute that has yet to be settled. This working paper estimates econometrically differential market impacts of mandatory country of origin labels on cattle raised in Canada and imported into the United States. We find significant evidence of differential impacts of COOL through widening of the price bases and a decline in ratios of imports to total domestic use for both fed and feeder cattle.


Issue Date:
2012-12
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/148593
Total Pages:
37
JEL Codes:
Q17; Q18; F1; L15
Series Statement:
SPAA
2012-14




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