This paper provides evidence from the US and Dutch budget surveys that income elasticity of family food consumption is a function of family income and other observable characteristics of the household. It also finds that the conditional variance of family food consumption depends on family income. This complicated pattern of dependence of family food consumption on income breaks the exact correspondence between the family and the aggregate food consumption functions. Simple dynamic models for aggregate food consumption are developed which are used for forecasting.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Applied Econometrics
|Published - 1 Jan 1997