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Structural Changes in Chinese Food Preferences

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  • Hovhannisyan, Vardges
  • Gould, Brian W.
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    The article tests for structural food preference change in urban China using province-level panel data from 2002 to 2010. We employ the Generalized Quadratic Almost Ideal Demand System to represent consumer preferences and estimate demand for seven food groups in a dynamic setting. This relaxes many of the restrictions on the demand models used in the literature on structural preference change. Our findings suggest that Chinese food preferences are continuing to evolve.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington with number 125978.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea12:125978

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    Keywords: Food preference; structural change; dynamic GQAIDS model; food demand in China.; Consumer/Household Economics; Demand and Price Analysis; D12;

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