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The taste for variety: A hedonic analysis

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

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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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  • Drescher, Larissa & Thiele, Silke & Weiss, Christoph R., 2008. "The taste for variety: A hedonic analysis," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 101(1), pages 66-68, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:101:y:2008:i:1:p:66-68
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    Keywords

    Taste for variety Hedonic analysis Consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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