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Demand for nonalcoholic beverages: The case of low-income households

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  • Steven T. Yen

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4518. E-mail: syen@utk.edu)

  • Biing-Hwan Lin

    (Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. E-mail: blin@ers.usda.gov)

  • David M. Smallwood

    (Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. E-mail: dsmallwd@ers.usda.gov)

  • Margaret Andrews

    (Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1800 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. E-mail: mandrews@ers.usda.gov)

Abstract

Household beverage consumption is investigated using data from the National Food Stamp Program Survey conducted in the United States. A censored Translog demand system is estimated with the full-information maximum-likelihood procedure. All own-price effects are negative and significant, and whole milk, reduced-fat milk, juice, coffee, and tea are found to be net substitutes for soft drink. Thus, prices provide a partial answer to the declining consumption of milk and rising consumption of soft drink. Nutrition information and dietary beliefs also play important roles, highlighting the importance of an effective nutrition education program directed toward the low-income households. [JEL citation: C34 (Truncated and Censored Models), D12 (Consumer Economics: Empirical), Q18 (Agricultural Policy; Food Policy).] © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 20: 309-321, 2004.

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  • Steven T. Yen & Biing-Hwan Lin & David M. Smallwood & Margaret Andrews, 2004. "Demand for nonalcoholic beverages: The case of low-income households," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(3), pages 309-321.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:20:y:2004:i:3:p:309-321
    DOI: 10.1002/agr.20015
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    JEL classification:

    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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