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Title: A Bilateral Comparison of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: U.S. and Canada
Authors: Richards, Timothy J.
Patterson, Paul M.
Authors (Email): Patterson, Paul M. (
Keywords: Alchian-Allen effect
fruit and vegetable trade
health information
produce quality
latent variable
MIMIC model
Issue Date: 2004
Series/Report no.: Working Paper MSABR 04-5
Abstract: Many public programs promote diets rich in fruits and vegetables based on evidence on the derived health benefits. Sill, produce consumption in the U.S. lags behind other nations, even its most culturally similar neighbor–Canada. This study uses a structural latent variable model to test the role quality and health information play in explaining observed differences in produce consumption. The Alchian-Allen effect predicts that higher quality, higher absolute margin produce will be exported, suggesting that quality may be an important demand factor in importing nations such as Canada. The results show that dietary health information is significant in expanding demands. Quality also promotes fruit consumption in Canada.
Institution/Association: Arizona State University>Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management>Working papers
Total Pages: 32
Language: English
Collections:Working papers

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