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Food expenditures and household demographic composition in the US: a demand systems approach

Raper, K.C.; Wanzala, M.N.; Nayga, R.M.J.

Applied Economics 34(8): 981-992

2002


ISSN/ISBN: 0003-6846
DOI: 10.1080/00036840110061959
Accession: 003774811

Food expenditures and subsistence quantities of poverty status and non-poverty status US households are analysed within a Linear Expenditure System that postulates subsistence quantities to be linear combinations of demographic variables. This article obtains expenditure elasticities, own-price elasticities and subsistence quantities for each income group across nine broadly aggregated food commodity groups.

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