Project Description

The demand for meat

Using Family Expenditure Survey data for five survey years over the period 1973 to 1993, a Box—Cox double-hurdle model of the participation and expenditure decisions regarding meat consumption has been estimated. Particular attention has been given to single—adult households. The effects of socio-economic characteristics on meat demand decisions are shown to have varied quite markedly over this period but some trends, particularly with respect to the age and gender of the householder, are discernible.


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Burton, M., Dorsett, R., and Young, T. (1996) Changing preferences for meat: evidence from UK household data. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 23:357-370.  PDF

Young, T., Burton, M., Dorsett, R. (1998) Consumer theory and food choice in economics, with an example in Murcott, A. (ed.) The Nation’s Diet – the Social Science of Food Choice Addison Wesley Longman, London. PDF


Economic and Social Research Council