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Food Consumption within Greek Households: Further Evidence from a National Representative Sample

Ioannis Kostakis, Dimitrios Paparas, Anna Saiti () and Stamatina Papadaki ()
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Anna Saiti: Department of Home Economics and Ecology, Harokopio University, 176 71 Athens, Greece
Stamatina Papadaki: Department of Public and Community Health, University of West Attica, 115 21 Athens, Greece

Economies, 2020, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-18

Abstract: The aim of this study is to characterize the relationship between food consumption and socio-demographic characteristics in several groups of individuals. This is achieved by capturing the quantity of food purchased in categories on a microeconomic level. The empirical analysis is approached through the estimation of (a) expanded generalized linear models, (b) quantile regression models, (c) quadratic almost ideal demand system models and (d) Deaton’s (1988) approach. The results reveal that the composition of a household has a significant impact on the quantity of food consumed. In addition, price and income elasticities are estimated, confirming that the majority of food items are inelastic with respect to price and income except for meat. These findings can be used as a basis for considering food policy implications while evaluating the potential gains from applying specific policies.

Keywords: food consumption; household surveys; food elasticities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E F I J O Q (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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