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Food Consumption Behavior Of The Malays In Malaysia

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

Abstract

The objective of this study is to provide an insight into demand patterns of Malay consumers for specific food categories in Malaysia. By utilizing Household Expenditure Survey 2004/2005, a system of equations of Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA/AIDS) model for 12 aggregated food products is estimated using a two-step estimation procedure. A Working-lesser form of Engel function is also estimated to derive income elasticities from the estimated expenditure elasticities. This study shows that Malay consumers appear to have different food consumption patterns as compared to the general Malaysian diets. Malay consumers tend to increase their consumption of rice more than higher-value (meat and fish) and functional (vegetables and fruits) foods. Malay consumers are found to be very sensitive to the own-price of most of the food products, especially rice.

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  • Tey Yeong Sheng & Mad Nasir Shamsudin & Zainal Abidin Mohamed & Amin Mahir Abdullah & Alias Radam, 2008. "Food Consumption Behavior Of The Malays In Malaysia," IIUM Journal of Economics and Management, IIUM Journal of Economis and Management, vol. 16(2), pages 209-219, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ije:journl:v:16:y:2008:i:2:p:209-219
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    1. Tey, (John) Yeong-Sheng & Shamsudin, Mad Nasir & Mohamed, Zainalabidin & Abdullah, Amin Mahir & Radam, Alias, 2008. "Emerging food demand behaviors in Malaysia: Incorporating quality effects in demand analyses," MPRA Paper 14832, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Tey, (John) Yeong-Sheng & Shamsudin, Mad Nasir & Mohamed, Zainalabidin & Abdullah, Amin Mahir & Radam, Alias, 2008. "Demand analyses of rice in Malaysia," MPRA Paper 15062, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Boniface, Bonaventure & Umberger, Wendy J., 2012. "Factors influencing Malaysian consumers’ consumption of dairy products," 2012 Conference (56th), February 7-10, 2012, Freemantle, Australia 124243, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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    Keywords

    Food; Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System; Engel function;

    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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