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An assessment of the current structure of food demand in urban China

, : An assessment of the current structure of food demand in urban China. Agricultural economics: the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists 34(1): 1-16

We evaluate the current structure of food demand in urban China by using household expenditure survey data from five provinces. Two complementary analyses are undertaken. First, an aggregate analysis based on a fractional logit model is used to examine how households allocate food expenditures across the food-at-home (FAH) and food-away-from-home (FAFH) categories. This is followed by a disaggregated analysis of how households allocated their FAH expenditures across 12 commodity categories. A Quadratic Almost Ideal Demand System (QUAIDS) is used. We find evidence of significant food purchase substitution and complementarity.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2006.00098.x

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