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Non-Purchasing Households In Food Expenditure Surveys: An Analysis For Potatoes In Sweden

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  • Andersson, Mari
  • Senauer, Benjamin

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A common problem in food expenditure surveys is that many households report not purchasing some products. Usually the reason for these zero expenditures is unknown. The issue may be treated as a potential sample selection bias problem. This study estimates Engel functions for expenditures for fresh potatoes, processed products, and the value of home-grown potatoes with data from the 1989 Swedish Household Food Expenditure Survey. The two-step Heckman procedure is used. A strong generational pattern is found in potato consumption as well as several other significant effects.

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  • Andersson, Mari & Senauer, Benjamin, 1994. "Non-Purchasing Households In Food Expenditure Surveys: An Analysis For Potatoes In Sweden," Staff Papers 13232, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:umaesp:13232
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.13232
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    1. Ekman, Sone & Andersson, Hans, 1998. "The economics of on-farm processing: model development and an empirical analysis," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 18(2), pages 177-189, March.
    2. Mihalopoulos, Vassilis & Demoussis, Michael, 2000. "Consumption Profiles for Various Food Groups in Greece," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 1(2), pages 1-12, August.
    3. Panagiotis Lazaridis, 2004. "Demand elasticities derived from consistent estimation of Heckman-type models," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(8), pages 523-527.

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