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Food Price Inflation And Consumer Welfare In Ghana

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  • Osei-Asare, Yaw Bonsu
  • Eghan, Mark

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The paper analyses the effects of food price inflation on Ghanaian households using GLSS-5 household data. Expenditure endogeneity and truncated expenditures were controlled in the estimation process using the “Augmented Regression Approach†and Heckman’s two-stage procedure, respectively. Symmetry and homogeneity conditions were rejected in the unconstrained LA/AIDS model. The study reveals that cereals and bread; fish; vegetables; and roots and tubers will continue to constitute important share of Ghanaian food expenditure as they collectively constitute 67% of future food expenditure. Food price inflation between 2005 and 2011 has eroded real household food purchasing power by 47.18%.

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  • Osei-Asare, Yaw Bonsu & Eghan, Mark, 1. "Food Price Inflation And Consumer Welfare In Ghana," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 1.
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    1. Abdelkrim Araar & Paolo Verme, 2016. "Prices and welfare," Working Papers 395, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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