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What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products

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What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products. / Wensing, Joana; Baum, Chad; Carraresi, Laura; Bröring, Stefanie.

In: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 94, 101752, 11.2021.

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Wensing, J, Baum, C, Carraresi, L & Bröring, S 2021, 'What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products', Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 94, 101752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2021.101752

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Wensing, J., Baum, C., Carraresi, L., & Bröring, S. (2021). What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 94, [101752]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2021.101752

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Wensing J, Baum C, Carraresi L, Bröring S. 2021. What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 94:Article 101752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2021.101752

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Wensing J, Baum C, Carraresi L, Bröring S. What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 2021 Nov;94. 101752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2021.101752

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Wensing, Joana ; Baum, Chad ; Carraresi, Laura ; Bröring, Stefanie. / What if consumers saw the bigger picture? Systems thinking and the adoption of bio-based consumer products. In: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. 2021 ; Vol. 94.

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abstract = "Systems thinking (ST) represents an important cognitive paradigm for the transition towards a circular bio-economy, as greater awareness of the environmental impact of fossil-based products may lead to a switch to sustainable alternatives produced from secondary biomass which is not used as feed or food. However, the relationship between ST and the adoption of bio-based products, as well as the general mechanism of how ST affects environmental behavior, is not yet well-understood. The present study therefore aims to close these research gaps by conducting a survey-based experiment with a ST-motivated treatment, in which participants are asked to list as many consequences of their consumption behavior as possible (N=446 US consumers). Our findings suggest that the treatment is able to slightly activate a ST perspective, along with indirectly affecting consumer intentions to buy bio-based products by means of ST. Subsequent mediation analyses further reveal that an ecological worldview as well as variables from the norm-activation model function as mediators of the relationship between ST and purchase intention.",
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