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Our study compares the demand for high and low quality chicken, pork, and beef in Seattle and Indianapolis during 2008- 2010. We determined which of the Barton’s General Demand System specifications best fit the data and if beef, pork or chicken demands are asymmetrically separable by either quality or type of meat product. Our data is from a random weight syndicated grocery dataset. This data set provided weekly expenditures on meat products at sample stores within a given city. We found that the Indianapolis data best fist the AIDS model, while Seattle data does not satisfy any of the subset models nested in the Barton Demand system. There is no evidence of asymmetric separability by high quality, low quality, or type of meat, in either Indianapolis or Seattle.

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