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Do Prices and Attributes Explain International Differences in Food Purchases?

Dubois, Pierre, Griffith, Rachel and Nevo, Aviv (2014) Do Prices and Attributes Explain International Differences in Food Purchases? American Economic Review (AER), vol. 104 (n° 3). pp. 832-867.

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Abstract

Food purchases differ substantially across countries. We use detailed household level data from the US, France and the UK to (i) document these differences; (ii) estimate a demand system for food and nutrients, and (iii) simulate counterfactual choices if households faced prices and nutritional characteristics from other countries. We
find that differences in prices and characteristics are important and can explain some di¤erence (e.g., US-France di¤erence in caloric intake), but generally cannot explain
many of the compositional patterns by themselves. Instead, it seems an interaction between the economic environment and di¤erences in preferences is needed to explain cross country differences.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: March 2014
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 17:36
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 13:38
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:27256
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/15650

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