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Food Demand in Slovenia


  • Regorsek, Darja
  • Erjavec, Emil


The objective of this research is to analyse food consumption patterns in Slovenia for households segmented by quartile income levels and for whole Slovenian population. Food items are divided into seven commodity groups. Cross-sectional household data from Household Budget Survey 2001 were used. We apply the linearly approximated Almost Ideal Demand System (LA/AIDS). Empirical results show positive expenditure elasticities being close to one where in general demands for dairy products and for vegetables have expenditure elasticities higher than unity. All Marshallian and Hicksian own price elasticities are negative and less than one. Demand for meat and fish is quite price inelastic whereas demand for vegetables is pretty sensitive to its own price changes. Results indicate that Slovenia is losing consumption characteristics typical for countries in transition however, some unique food habits persist.

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  • Regorsek, Darja & Erjavec, Emil, 2007. "Food Demand in Slovenia," 103rd Seminar, April 23-25, 2007, Barcelona, Spain 9409, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa103:9409

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    1. Everett B. Peterson & Ronald W. Cotterill, 1998. "Incorporating Flexible Demand Systems in Empirical Models of Market Power," Food Marketing Policy Center Research Reports 043, University of Connecticut, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.
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