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Household composition and food expenditures in China

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  • Brian W. Gould

    (Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research and Department of Agricultural, and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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With China admitted to the World Trade Organization there is the potential for dramatic increases in U.S. agricultural exports. The present analysis uses household-level data to identify important determinants of expenditures on food for at-home consumption by households in three Chinese urban provinces. Besides the role of household income, we examine the impact of household member age|gender composition on expenditures via the estimation of endogenously determined adult equivalents. Results from the analysis show that overall food at-home expenditures are income inelastic, some commodities exhibit elastic responses to changes in their own price and household composition has a significant impact on food choice. [JEL category: D120]. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Brian W. Gould, 2002. "Household composition and food expenditures in China," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(3), pages 387-407.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:18:y:2002:i:3:p:387-407
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.10020
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