Regional Consumption Patterns in Australia: A System-Wide Analysis
This paper uses consumption data for eight commodity groups to present a systemwide analysis of consumption patterns in the six states of Australia. The author tests the hypotheses of demand homogeneity, Slutsky symmetry, and preference independence using Monte Carlo simulation techniques and finds general acceptance of these hypotheses for the six states. The paper also presents demand elasticities for the eight commodity groups in each state. The author finds, overall, food, clothing, and housi ng commodity groups are necessities while durables, medical care, transport, and miscellaneous groups are luxuries. He also finds evidence in support of similarity of consumption patterns across the six Australian states. Copyright 1991 by The Economic Society of Australia.
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Volume (Year): 67 (1991)
Issue (Month): 199 (December)
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