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The Demand for Calories in Turkey

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  • Ferda HALICIOGLU

    (Yeditepe Üniversitesi)

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This research examines dynamic causal relationships between per capita calorie intake, per capita income and food prices using time series data for Turkey during 1965-2007. ARDL cointegration analysis yields an income elasticity of calorie intake of 0.22, while the food-price elasticity is insignificant. The results suggest that economic growth in Turkey has improved calorie intake; future income growth can alleviate further inadequate nutrition. This result confirms Engel’s law too. An augmented form of Granger causality analysis is conducted amongst the variables. The short-run causality testing reveals the existence of only one causality which is running from income to calorie intake. The post-sample variance decompositions indicate that income is the main cause of the increased calorie intake in the long-run. The estimated long-run model appears to have stable parameters.

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Article provided by Bilgesel Yayincilik in its journal İktisat İşletme ve Finans.

Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
Issue (Month): 316 ()
Pages: 93-108

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Handle: RePEc:iif:iifjrn:v:27:y:2012:i:316:p:93-108

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Keywords: Calorie intake; Cointegration; Granger-causality; Turkey;

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