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Analysis of Food Consumption Patterns in China: Nonparametric and Parametric Approaches

Analysis of Food Consumption Patterns in China: Nonparametric and Parametric Approaches This study analyzes consumption patterns of seven major categories of food for Chinese urban households using both nonparametric and parametric approaches. Nonparametric analysis was conducted to ensure that the data were consistent with the underlying theory. For the parametric part, a flexible demand system that nests the “Almost Ideal Demand System” (AIDS) and the Translog demand system proposed by Lewbel (1989) was estimated, and the expenditure and price elasticities for several food categories were analyzed. Chinese provincial data from the Income and Expenditure Survey of Chinese Urban Households showed that Chinese consumers' consumption behavior is consistent with the microeconomic utility maximization assumptions. The parametric analysis shows that in China from 1985 to 1990, meats, fruits, and eggs had very high expenditure elasticities. Grains were a necessity for low-income provinces but were an inferior good for high-income provinces. The results are useful in understanding and predicting food consumption patterns in China and have implications for economic policy decision making. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Family and Economic Issues Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Social Sciences, general; Personality and Social Psychology; Social Policy
ISSN
1058-0476
eISSN
1573-3475
DOI
10.1023/A:1024968022374
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Abstract

This study analyzes consumption patterns of seven major categories of food for Chinese urban households using both nonparametric and parametric approaches. Nonparametric analysis was conducted to ensure that the data were consistent with the underlying theory. For the parametric part, a flexible demand system that nests the “Almost Ideal Demand System” (AIDS) and the Translog demand system proposed by Lewbel (1989) was estimated, and the expenditure and price elasticities for several food categories were analyzed. Chinese provincial data from the Income and Expenditure Survey of Chinese Urban Households showed that Chinese consumers' consumption behavior is consistent with the microeconomic utility maximization assumptions. The parametric analysis shows that in China from 1985 to 1990, meats, fruits, and eggs had very high expenditure elasticities. Grains were a necessity for low-income provinces but were an inferior good for high-income provinces. The results are useful in understanding and predicting food consumption patterns in China and have implications for economic policy decision making.

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Journal of Family and Economic IssuesSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 7, 2004

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