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Cross-Price Elasticities of Demand Across 114 Countries

  • Regmi, Anita
  • Seale, James L., Jr.

This report presents a simple methodology for calculating cross-price elasticities across countries, using the Frisch own-price elasticity. Cross-price elasticities are calculated for 9 major consumption categories from the 1996 International Comparison Program data across 114 countries. The consumption categories are: food, beverage, and tobacco; clothing and footwear; education; gross rent, fuel, and power; house furnishings and operations; medical care; recreation; transport and communications; and “other” items. Additionally, cross-price elasticities are calculated and reported for a two-good demand system of food and nonfood. The elasticity estimates from this report are the only available consistent cross-country cross-price elasticity estimates across such a large number of countries and consumption categories.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Technical Bulletins with number 59870.

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Date of creation: Mar 2010
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