Unveiling Peruvian organic consumers demand for organics: A latent class approach

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All rights reserved. This paper seeks to identify the consumer segments that constitute the market for organic products in Metropolitan Lima, Peru. The employed classification methodology, Latent Class Analysis, is implemented within a structural framework that is capable of identifying key relations such as the link between educational attainment and organic product consumption. This study builds on primary data gathered at the study site involving interviews with 547 organic consumers at a limited number of bio-fairs and bio-shops. Our results identify two segments: core and middle-level consumers. Although both segments exhibit similar concerns towards the environment, healthiness and tastiness, the core level exhibits higher preferences for the remaining attributes, controlling for demographical variables. Finally, this research provides evidence that educational attainment increases the likelihood of being a middle-level organic consumer.
Translated title of the contributionRevelando las preferencias de los consumidores de productos orgánicos en Perú: un enfoque basado en el análisis de clases latentes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalCiencia e Investigacion Agraria
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Attributes
  • Latent class analysis
  • Metropolitan lima
  • Organic consumers
  • Peru
  • Socio-economic characteristics


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