What’s in it for you? Examining the roles of consumption values and Thaler’s acquisition–transaction utility theory in Chinese consumers’ green purchase intentions

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to examine the impact of five consumption values (i.e. ecological, functional, symbolic, experiential and epistemic) on consumers’ intentions to adopt green products. Using Thaler’s utility theory, the authors investigate the indirect effect of values on purchase intention through acquisition utility and transaction utility. Two moderators (materialism orientation and value consciousness) further influence the strength of the effect of consumption values on transaction utility. Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a survey design (N = 437 Chinese customers recruited through a Chinese online panel provider) and structural equation modeling (SEM) to test six hypothesized relationships in the proposed model. Moderated SEM was used for moderation analysis. Findings: Most hypothesized relationships in the model were confirmed, with the exception of the functional value–transaction utility link and the moderating effect of materialism on the experiential value–transaction utility relationship. Research limitations/implications: Larger-scale research may help to determine whether there are more significant differences in consumer evaluations of different types of green products. Practical implications: As the concept of green marketing in China evolves, firms should continue to stress the importance and value of green products regarding individuals’ care for the environment, status and self-image. Further, firms should conduct systematic utility analyses and address acquisition and price equity in a strategic process. Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to adapt utility theory to green consumption and proposes a clearly defined and well-substantiated set of utility types by merging economic and green consumption literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1107
Number of pages43
JournalEuropean Journal of Marketing
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Acquisition utility
  • Consumption values
  • Green products
  • Materialism
  • Moderators
  • Transaction utility
  • Value consciousness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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