Academia de Studii Economice Bucuresti

Amfiteatru Economic
Facultatea de Business si Turism

The Sustainability of Fish Consumption in Romania: Customer Behaviour prior and after the Country`s Adherence to the EU

Author:Vlad Roşca and Raluca Ignat

JEL:E21, F15, F40, Q25, Q52, Q53, Q57


Keywords:sustainable consumption, customers, sustainability, aquaculture, captures from inland waters, index of real earnings

Using two sets of bivariate analyses in SPSS, we have tried to find out how sustainable the fish consumption in Romania is. We have used numerical variables, computed based on primary data obtained from Eurostat and the National Institute of Statistics. Two different timespans have been considered: the one prior to the country’s adherence to the European Union and the one after. Using the two timespans let us compare the pre- and post-adherence situations, in order to see if the subsidies offered by the EU have had any effect on the sustainability of the environment. The variables used have been of economic nature (index of real earnings), respectively related to the sustainable consumption of fish, all computed for one calendar year (total fish consumption, captures from inland waters, and aquaculture production). The results indicate significant correlations between total consumption and captures (r = .947 for the first and r = .990 for the second timespan), and between real earnings and consumption, respectively captures (only for the first timespan), but not significant correlations for the links between aquaculture and the rest of the variables. This shows a high pressure placed on the natural environment, which could eventually be reduced by improving aquaculture production.
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