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Food away from home in Beijing: Effects of wealth, time and "free" meals

  • Bai, Junfei
  • Wahl, Thomas I.
  • Lohmar, Bryan T.
  • Huang, Jikun

Based on a modified Becker household consumption and production model and newly surveyed data set collected by the authors, this study investigated household expenditure on food away from home (FAFH) and its determinants in Beijing, China. A Box-Cox double-hurdle regression is estimated. The key findings suggest that household expenditure on dining out might be significantly underestimated when using the data most commonly used in food consumption research in China. Excluding hosted meals that are not paid for by individual consumers comprises nearly one half of the underestimation. Meanwhile, this exclusion could bias estimates of income effects on the demand for food away from home.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal China Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 21 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 432-441

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Handle: RePEc:eee:chieco:v:21:y:2010:i:3:p:432-441
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