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Responsibility goods: where charity meets consumption


From: Monday August 3, 2015, 6:00 pm

To: Monday August 3, 2015, 8:00 pm

Responsibility goods: where charity meets consumption, with examples from Sierra Leone   Have you ever bought fair trade coffee, carbon neutral flights, cruelty-free cosmetics or ethical clothing? If so, you’ve entered the rapidly expanding market for responsibility goods. As incomes rise, consumers become less concerned with acquiring more ‘stuff’ and more concerned with how they can change their consumption patterns to improve the world they live in.  They direct their spending towards responsibility goods: goods that are purchased in part to support society as a whole or a specific worthy cause.   Dr. Stefan Mann, leader of the Socioeconomic research team at Agroscope in Switzerland, will explain the concept of responsibility goods and how these fit into the existing economic framework. He will illustrate the principle with one agricultural project in Sierra Leone, which has the dual benefits of providing much-needed employment in a developing area and environmental benefits from cleaner fuel, and the complimentary international campaign against 'land grabbing' in the region focusing also on this bioethanol project.   Date: Monday 3rd August Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start Location: UniPub, London Circuit, Canberra Entry: Free for Economic Society of Australia and Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society members, $10 for non members Drinks and canapes will be provided.   Dr Stefan Mann is an agricultural economist in Switzerland. For the last thirteen years, he has led the Socioeconomics at the Research Station team at Agroscope. As well as researching agricultural economics matters such as GMOs, organic farming, agriculture in developing nations and European agricultural practices, he considers a number of mainstream economic issues such as information asymmetries, utility, unpaid work and merit goods. Hi previous roles include scientific roles at the Institute for Agricultural Economics and Technology at Rostock University and the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry.   Register here:


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