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Expenditure Patterns on Foodservice in Malaysia


  • Tey Yeong Sheng
  • Mad Nasir Shamsudin
  • Zainalabidin Mohamed
  • Amin Mahir Abdullah
  • Alias Radam


Rapid changes have occurred in the way food is prepared and cooked, and in the places where it is consumed. Foodservice has become increasingly important in the composition of the food account among Malaysians. The objective of this study is to analyze consumers’ expenditure pattern on foodservice in Malaysia. Several functional forms and a Heckman two-step methodology, to account for censored-response bias, are employed in the analysis of the Household Expenditure Survey 2004-2005 data. Regardless of functional forms, the empirical estimates of income elasticity of demand for foodservice are significantly bigger than income elasticity of demand for food at home. This study shows positive prospect for foodservice industry in Malaysia, where an increase in income has the propensity to lead to an increase in expenditure (demand) on foodservice.

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  • Tey Yeong Sheng & Mad Nasir Shamsudin & Zainalabidin Mohamed & Amin Mahir Abdullah & Alias Radam, 2009. "Expenditure Patterns on Foodservice in Malaysia," The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(2), pages 64-76, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:06:y:2009:i:2:p:64-76

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