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The Demand for Wine and Beer

  • Tsolakis, Dimitris
  • Riethmuller, Paul C.
  • Watts, Geof

In this paper annual data series covering 1955-56 to 1978-79 are used to estimate the elasticity of demand for both wine and beer. These are first estimated using a flexible functional form. The habit formation hypothesis and the role of social and demographic factors are also examined. The demand for wine in aggregate is estimated to be relatively price inelastic in the short run, while in the long run it is relatively price elastic. With respect to income, the demand for wine is shown to be relatively highly elastic. For beer, demand with respect to price and income is found to be relatively inelastic in the short run as well as in the long run. These results can be used to evaluate the impact of changes in patterns of consumption and of government taxation policies on the industry.

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Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 51 (1983)
Issue (Month): 02 (August)

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Handle: RePEc:ags:remaae:12456
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