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Modeling Household Preferences for Cereals and Meats in Mexico

  • Mejia, Maria
  • Peel, Derrell S.
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    Using 2008 household data and a two-step censored model, this article analyzes separability among preferences of the major food groups in Mexico. The main objective of the present paper was to determine if beans and potatoes are not separable from meats and cereals, respectively. Results indicate that beans belong to the protein source demand system and potatoes are not separable from cereals. Another major finding is that corn income elasticity very close to one might indicate a sensitive situation for low income households that consider this cereal their major source of calories.

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    Article provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.

    Volume (Year): 43 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:139452
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    1. Yen, Steven T. & Lin, Biing-Hwan, 2004. "A Sample Selection Approach To Censored Demand Systems," 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO 20082, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    2. Moschini, GianCarlo & Moro, D. & Green, Richard D., 1994. "Maintaining and Testing Separability in Demand Systems," Staff General Research Papers 11247, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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