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Title: Effects of food prices and consumer income on nutrient availability: An application of the demand for dairy products in Tunisia
Other Titles: Efectos de los precios de los alimentos y de la renta del consumidor sobre la disponibilidad de los nutrientes: Aplicación a la demanda de productos lácteos en Túnez
Authors: Dhehibi, Boubaker
Laajimi, Abderraouf
Authors (Email): Laajimi, Abderraouf (
Keywords: Dairy products demand
health awareness
price/quality index
JEL Codes: D12
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Number of Tunisian food demand studies have measured the influence of traditional variables, such as income and prices, and in some cases some socio-demographic variables. However, given increasing concerns about health, other important factors, such as the nutritious quality and the nutrient content of food, have also been shown to determine consumer choices. This paper analyses the effect of these factors on the demand for dairy products. The nutritious quality of dairy products is measured by an index that relates nutrient content of each product with the standards suggested by the National Academy of Science. A demand system is estimated and nutrient demand elasticities with respect to prices and expenditure are obtained. Results differ from traditional studies in the sense that higher prices do not indicate lower consumption but a shift to a higher quality demand.
Identifiers: 1578 - 0732
Institution/Association: Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales>Volume 09, Number 1, 2009
Total Pages: 12
From Page: 25
To Page: 36
Collections:Volume 09, Number 1, 2009

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