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Record number 507493
Title Perceived risk and personality traits explaining heterogeneity in Dutch dairy farmers’ beliefs about vaccination against Bluetongue
Author(s) Sok, J.; Hogeveen, H.; Elbers, A.R.W.; Oude Lansink, A.G.J.M.
Source Journal of Risk Research 21 (2018)5. - ISSN 1366-9877 - p. 562 - 578.
Department(s) Business Economics
CVI Diagnostics and Crisis
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) beliefs - Bluetongue - perceived risk - personality traits - reasoned action approach - vaccination

When designing effective voluntary vaccination strategies against animal disease epidemics, policy-makers need to take into account that different groups of farmers base their participation decisions on different considerations. Using the past Bluetongue virus serotype 8 epidemic of 2006–2009 in Europe as an example, this paper uses the Reasoned Action Approach to identify a set of attitudinal beliefs being the major drivers behind the intended decision to participate in voluntary vaccination. The results show that there is heterogeneity among farmers in these beliefs. In particular, perceived risk, which was captured by a risk attitude and a risk perception of the farmer, and personality traits are associated with variability in beliefs about vaccination against Bluetongue. The patterns found between perceived risk, personality traits and other farm and farmer characteristics were discussed in relation to the governance of animal health.

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