Are tortillas a Giffen Good in Mexico?
Jensen and Miller (2001) have recently demonstrated rice and noodles to be Giffen Goods among the poor in South and North China respectively. We examine whether tortillas, the main staple in Mexico, are also a Giffen Good. The large income change due to the 1995 Peso Crisis and the large tortilla price increase arising from the removal of government subsidies provide an ideal environment for this test. We find tortillas to be an inferior good, but not a Giffen Good.
Volume (Year): 15 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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- James Banks & Richard Blundell & Arthur Lewbel, 1997. "Quadratic Engel Curves And Consumer Demand," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 79(4), pages 527-539, November.
- David J. McKenzie, 2001. "The Household Response to the Mexican Peso Crisis," Working Papers 01017, Stanford University, Department of Economics.
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