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Revisiting Consumer Ethnocentrism: Review, Reconceptualization, and Empirical Testing

Siamagka, N.T. & Balabanis, G. (2015). Revisiting Consumer Ethnocentrism: Review, Reconceptualization, and Empirical Testing. Journal of International Marketing, 23(3), pp. 66-86. doi: 10.1509/jim.14.0085


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.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015, American Marketing Association. Permission to add this article to City Research Online has been granted by the publisher.
Publisher Keywords: consumer ethnocentrism, dimensions, conceptualization, measurement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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