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Examining Malaysian Household Expenditure Patterns on Food-Away-From-Home

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  • Helen Lee Siew Heng

    (KDU Penang College, Malaysia)

  • Andrew Tan Khee Guan

    () (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

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The censored Tobit model is applied on data from the Malaysian Household Expenditure Survey (1998/99) to examine household expenditure patterns on food-away-from-home (FAFH). Results indicate that the Chinese population, the urban residents, or those with higher monthly household income have significantly higher FAFH expenditures than their non-Chinese, rural, or lower household income cohorts, ceteris paribus. In addition, other socio-demographic characteristics such as age, gender, household size, or even education do not affect total monthly household expenditures on FAFH in a statistically significant manner. Based on these findings,several observations are noted to provide policymakers and food industry analysts with a better understanding of the habits and attitudes of Malaysian households vis-Ã -vis FAFH.

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  • Helen Lee Siew Heng & Andrew Tan Khee Guan, 2007. "Examining Malaysian Household Expenditure Patterns on Food-Away-From-Home," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), vol. 4(1), pages 11-24, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sag:seajad:v:4:y:2007:i:1:p:11-24
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