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The taste for variety: A hedonic analysis

  • Drescher, Larissa
  • Thiele, Silke
  • Weiss, Christoph R.

This paper derives a hedonic price function for a household's consumption bundle. In a panel-data analysis for households' expenditures on 182 different soft drinks we find that consumers have a preference for variety in food consumption, ceteris paribus.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 101 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 66-68

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