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Infrequency of purchase and double-hurdle models of Irish households' meat expenditure

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  • Carol Newman
  • Maeve Henchion

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This paper examines the effect of households' socio-economic characteristics, which are assumed to underpin preferences, on the pattern of consumers' meat expenditure at a disaggregated level. We estimate meat expenditure equations and calculate the associated elasticities using cross-sectional household budget survey data, using infrequency of purchase and double-hurdle models adjusted for the problems of heteroscedasticity and non-normality of the error terms. The paper provides an overview of the econometric techniques applied, based on recent literature. We find evidence of declining income elasticities in relation to meat expenditure and identify the effects of households' socio-economic characteristics on their meat expenditure. These effects suggest that the meat expenditure decisions of certain household groups are influenced by the desire for convenience. Copyright 2001, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economies.

Volume (Year): 28 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 393-420

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Handle: RePEc:oup:erevae:v:28:y:2001:i:4:p:393-420

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  1. Conor M. O'Toole & Carol Newman & Thia Hennessy, 2011. "The role of investment, fundamental Q and financing frictions in agricultural investment decisions: an analysis pre and post financial crisis," Working Papers 1101, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
  2. John Eakins, 2014. "An Application of the Double Hurdle Model to Petrol and Diesel Household Expenditures in Ireland," Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), School of Economics Discussion Papers (SEEDS) 145, Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC), School of Economics, University of Surrey.
  3. Keelan, Conor D. & Henchion, Maeve M. & Newman, Carol F., 2006. "A double-hurdle model of Irish households' foodservice expenditure patterns," 98th Seminar, June 29-July 2, 2006, Chania, Crete, Greece 10083, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  4. Leahy, Eimear & Lyons, Seán & Tol, Richard S. J., 2010. "National Determinants of Vegetarianism," Papers WP341, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  5. Fanning, Jasper & Marsh, Thomas L. & Stiegert, Kyle W., 2002. "Determinants Of Fast Food Consumption," 2002 Annual Meeting, July 28-31, 2002, Long Beach, California 36637, Western Agricultural Economics Association.
  6. Durham, Catherine A. & Pardoe, Iain & Vega-H, Esteban, 2004. "A Methodology for Evaluating How Product Characteristics Impact Choice in Retail Settings with Many Zero Observations: An Application to Restaurant Wine Purchase," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 29(01), April.
  7. Eimear Leahy & Seán Lyons & Richard S. J. Tol, 2011. "Determinants of Vegetarianism and Meat Consumption Frequency in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(4), pages 407–436.
  8. Keelan, Conor D. & Henchion, Maeve M. & Newman, Carol F., 2008. "Eating Out in the British Isles," 82nd Annual Conference, March 31 - April 2, 2008, Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, UK 36859, Agricultural Economics Society.
  9. Brida, Juan Gabriel & Disegna, Marta & Scuderi, Raffaele, 2012. "Visitors of two types of museums: do expenditure patterns differ?," MPRA Paper 38841, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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