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This study was an application of the Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA-AIDS) model on household aggregate meat demand in Nigeria. The data used was obtained from the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) on households in Nigeria. Previous research had studied demand only at a regional level but this study estimates meat demand at a national level. The results showed that beef was a necessity while goat, chicken and mutton were luxuries. The results further revealed that all the meat products considered were normal goods with own-prices that were negative and consistent with demand theory except mutton. Goat meat and mutton were price elastic and as such, price changes for these products will affect their consumers more than consumers of other meat products that were less elastic.

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