Consumption Patterns of Major Food Items in Turkey

Huseyin Özer


Demand estimates for food not only provide information bases
to characterise food demand structure, but also provide a complete and
consistent framework to evaluate the impacts of policy changes, since
both price policies and the human capital policies related to health and
nutrition are closely related to the determination of expenditure (or
income) elasticities. This study attempts to produce a complete set of
expenditure and price elasticities based on the estimates of food demand
parameters in Turkey. The Linear Expenditure System (LES) is estimated
using the last available cross-section budget survey data. The estimates
throw light on certain characteristics of Turkish household behaviour
that has some consequences for government policies.

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