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Evaluating the effect of generic advertising and food health information within a meat demand system


  • Brenda L. Boetel

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, River Ralls, Wisconsin. E-mail:

  • Donald J. Liu

    (Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. E-mail:


The objective of this article was to disentangle the effect on meat product consumption of generic advertising from that of nonadvertising-related food health information. Using quarterly data from 1976 to 2000, a linearized Almost Ideal Demand System was estimated for beef, pork, poultry, and fish. Simulation results indicate that the increased food health concerns for fat and cholesterol have resulted in a 6% reduction in the consumption of beef per capita per quarter since 1987, and an 18% increase in the poultry consumption. The results also indicate that there is a significant negative spill-over effect of beef advertising on pork consumption and vice versa. However, a positive spill-over effect of pork advertising on poultry consumption is also identified. [Econlit citations: D120, Q110, Q130]. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 19: 345-354, 2003.

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  • Brenda L. Boetel & Donald J. Liu, 2003. "Evaluating the effect of generic advertising and food health information within a meat demand system," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(3), pages 345-354.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:19:y:2003:i:3:p:345-354 DOI: 10.1002/agr.10064

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