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Analysis of U.S. Demand for Imported Melons using a Dynamic Almost Ideal Demand System

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  • Kaninda Tshikala, Sam
  • Fonsah, Esendugue Greg

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Melons constitute an important part of the U.S. fruit and vegetable industry even though they are produced only from May through December of each year. Import supplies from Latin American countries are used to make up for the domestic demand shortages. This paper investigates the U.S. demand for imported fresh and frozen melons using quarterly data on import volumes and unit prices. A static and a dynamic linear approximated almost ideal demand systems were estimated using ITSUR. Marshallian and Hicksian elasticities were used to analyze consumers’ responsiveness to price and income change in the short run and the long run.

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  • Kaninda Tshikala, Sam & Fonsah, Esendugue Greg, 2012. "Analysis of U.S. Demand for Imported Melons using a Dynamic Almost Ideal Demand System," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama 119779, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
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    1. Seale, James L. Jr. & Zhang, Lisha & Traboulsi, Mohamad R., 2013. "Domestic and Foreign Sources of U.S. Demand for Fresh Vegetables and Fruits," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150769, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2. Seale, James L. & Zhang, Lisha & Traboulsi, Mohamad R., 2013. "U.S. Import Demand and Supply Response for Fresh Tomatoes, Cantaloupes, Onions, Oranges, and Spinach," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 45(03), pages 435-452, August.

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    Agribusiness; Demand and Price Analysis; International Relations/Trade;

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