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Studying composite demand using scanner data: the case of ground beef in the US

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  • Lee L. Schulz
  • Ted C. Schroeder
  • Tian Xia

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This article reports tests of aggregation over elementary ground beef products and estimates composite demand elasticities. Results suggest that we obtain reliable information on consumers' actual ground beef purchases by grouping data according to either lean percentage or brand type. The results also suggest that we obtain reliable information by using the data to form a single ground beef composite. By testing for valid aggregates and providing estimates of composite demand elasticities the analysis provides economists and policymakers with information regarding the effects of food and agricultural policies on consumers and producers that buy and produce ground beef.
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  • Lee L. Schulz & Ted C. Schroeder & Tian Xia, 2012. "Studying composite demand using scanner data: the case of ground beef in the US," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 43, pages 49-57, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:43:y:2012:i::p:49-57
    DOI: j.1574-0862.2012.00619.x
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    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • R32 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other Spatial Production and Pricing Analysis

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