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Estimation of price elasticities from cross-sectional data


  • Chanjin Chung

    (322 Agricultural Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078)

  • Diansheng Dong

    (311 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853)

  • Todd M. Schmit

    (312 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853)

  • Harry M. Kaiser

    (346 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853)

  • Brian W. Gould

    (411 Taylor Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53707)


This study develops an empirical framework to estimate quality-adjusted price elasticities from cross-sectional data. The new approach shows the importance of properly adjusting for quality variation in both prices and quantities in demand analysis. When quality adjustment is concerned only with price, the unit value-based elasticity tends to overstate the true price elasticity. However, when the quality adjustment is considered with both price and quantity, the direction of bias depends on the level of the true price elasticity. If the true price elasticity is unit elastic, there would be no bias. However, the price elasticity estimated with unit values would understate a true inelastic price elasticity while it would overstate a true elastic price elasticity. [EconLit citations: D120 Q110]. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Agribusiness 21: 565-584, 2005.

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  • Chanjin Chung & Diansheng Dong & Todd M. Schmit & Harry M. Kaiser & Brian W. Gould, 2005. "Estimation of price elasticities from cross-sectional data," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(4), pages 565-584.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:21:y:2005:i:4:p:565-584 DOI: 10.1002/agr.20065

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