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The Effect of Information on Product Quality: Evidence from Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards

dc.contributor.authorJin, Ginger Zhe
dc.contributor.authorLeslie, Philip
dc.date.accessioned2007-06-13T15:45:36Z
dc.date.available2007-06-13T15:45:36Z
dc.date.issued2003-05
dc.identifier.citationThe Effect of Information on Product Quality: Evidence from Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cards, with Phillip Leslie, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2003, 118(2), 409-51.en
dc.identifier.issn0033-5533
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/6635
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the effect of an increase in product quality information to consumers on firms’ choices of product quality. In 1998, Los Angeles County introduced hygiene quality grade cards to be displayed in restaurant windows. We show that the grade cards cause (i) restaurant health inspection scores to increase, (ii) consumer demand to become sensitive to changes in restaurants’ hygiene quality, and (iii) the number of foodborne illness hospitalizations to decrease. We also provide evidence that this improvement in health outcomes is not fully explained by consumers substituting from poor hygiene restaurants to good hygiene restaurants. These results imply the grade cards cause restaurants to make hygiene quality improvements.en
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherMIT Pressen
dc.subjectrestaurant hygieneen
dc.subjecthygiene quality grade cardsen
dc.titleThe Effect of Information on Product Quality: Evidence from Restaurant Hygiene Grade Cardsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtEconomics Departmenten_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Behavioral and Social Sciencesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_us
dc.rights.licenseCopyright MIT Press. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/qjec


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