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Modeling quality demand with data from Household Budget Surveys: An application to meat and fish products in Greece

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  • Vassilopoulos, Achilleas
  • Klonaris, Stathis
  • Drichoutis, Andreas C.
  • Lazaridis, Panagiotis

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In this paper, we employ a method to examine the factors affecting quality choice by Greek households, using cross-sectional survey data. We illustrate the method using the raw data of the 2004/05 Household Budget Survey for meat and fish products. Quality elasticities of total food expenditure and household's age structure are derived. To cope with the zero expenditure problem, Heckman's two-step method is employed. Results generally suggest that several socio-economic factors affect quality demand for meat and fish.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 2744-2750

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:29:y:2012:i:6:p:2744-2750

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Keywords: Household Budget Survey; Quality; Demand; Heckman's two-step; Meat; Fish;

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