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Consumer ethics in the European Union: a comparison of Northern and Southern views
journal contributionposted on 2001-05-01, 00:00 authored by Michael PolonskyMichael Polonsky, P Q Brito, J Pinto, N Higgs-Kleyn
There is a growing interest in understanding consumer ethical actions in relation to their dealings with firms. This paper examines whether there are differences between Northern and Southern European Union (EU) consumers' perceptions of ethical consumer behaviour using Muncy and Vitell's (1992) Consumer Ethics Scale (CES). The study samples 962 university students across four Northern EU countries (Germany, Denmark, Scotland, The Netherlands) and four Southern EU countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece). Some differences are identified between the two samples, which might question the ability of organisations to consider the EU as one homogeneous market.