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Household Demand for Convenience and Nonconvenience Foods


  • Oral Capps
  • John R. Tedford
  • Joseph Havlicek


A variation of the Almost Ideal Demand System was employed to determine the impacts of total food expenditure, income, food prices, household size, and demographic variables on household demand for convenience and nonconveninece foods in the United States. The budget shares are generally more responsive to prices than to real total expenditure. Additionally, the quantities demanded of convenience and nonconvenience foods are generally more sensitive to changes in income and own-prices than to changes in cross-prices. With regard to demographic variates, primary users of convenience foods are white households with employed household managers less than 35 years of age.

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  • Oral Capps & John R. Tedford & Joseph Havlicek, 1985. "Household Demand for Convenience and Nonconvenience Foods," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 67(4), pages 862-869.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:67:y:1985:i:4:p:862-869.

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    8. Okrent, Abigail & Kumcu, Aylin, 2014. "What’s Cooking? Demand for Convenience Foods in the United States," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170541, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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