Revisiting Consumer Ethnocentrism: Review, Reconceptualization, and Empirical Testing

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Abstract

Prior research has suggested that many consumers prefer domestic to foreign products, even when the quality is lower and the price is higher. Such bias is attributed to consumer ethnocentrism. This study critically examines the current conceptualizations of consumer ethnocentrism and proposes an extension of its conceptual boundaries and measurement. It determines that consumer ethnocentrism is a multidimensional construct that encompasses five dimensions: prosociality, cognition, insecurity, reflexiveness, and habituation. Empirical evidence from the United Kingdom and the United States demonstrates that the extended measurement instrument better predicts consumers' preferences for local brands at the expense of foreign brands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-86
Number of pages21
JournalJOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sept 2015

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