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Income elasticities of demand were estimated for nine aggregate food categories for a sample of Hispanic consumers. In general, the demand for food appears to be relatively inelastic with respect to income, although the situation may be quite different when more disaggregated food categories are considered. Government subsidies received by households may also impact the demand for specific food groups. Although not conclusive, the results of this study indicate that Hispanic households participating in the WIC program consume more fruits, milk and pork, and less total fats, beverages, and chicken than households not participating in the income transfer programs. The results for food stamps were less conclusive.

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