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Non‐Parametric Tests For Changes In Consumer Preferences For Meat In Great Britain


  • M. P. Burton
  • T. Young


The paper investigates whether the changing pattern of meat and fish purchases, which has occurred in Britain since the 1960s, is due to changes in the structure of consumer preferences or is attributable to conventional economic factors (changes in relative prices and total expenditure). The analysis is based on two non‐parametric tests, derived from revealed preference theory. These do not require the explicit specification and estimation of a demand system. The hypothesis that the data are consistent with stable preferences is accepted; in principle, all variations in consumption can be fully explained by price and expenditure changes. However, some caution is counselled. As with all hypothesis testing, acceptance is less conclusive than rejection; some structural changes in preferences may have gone undetected.

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  • M. P. Burton & T. Young, 1991. "Non‐Parametric Tests For Changes In Consumer Preferences For Meat In Great Britain," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(2), pages 138-145, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jageco:v:42:y:1991:i:2:p:138-145
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.1991.tb00342.x

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    1. Varian, Hal R, 1982. "The Nonparametric Approach to Demand Analysis," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(4), pages 945-973, July.
    2. Burton, Michael & Young, Trevor, 1990. "Changes in Consumer Preferences For Meat in Great Britain: Non-Parametric and Parametric Analysis," Manchester Working Papers in Agricultural Economics 232820, University of Manchester, School of Economics, Agricultural Economics Department.
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    4. Varian, Hal R., 1985. "Non-parametric analysis of optimizing behavior with measurement error," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1-2), pages 445-458.
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