Some factors influencing food consumption in selected Asian countries

Stroppiana, Ruth. (1999). Some factors influencing food consumption in selected Asian countries PhD Thesis, School of Economic, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Stroppiana, Ruth.
Thesis Title Some factors influencing food consumption in selected Asian countries
School, Centre or Institute School of Economic
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Paul Riethmuller
Joseph Chai
Total pages 314
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract The aim of the thesis is to test the hypothesis that factors other than prices and income are important determinants of food consumption patterns in selected Asian countries. In order to do this, socio-economic factors that may influence food consumption are identified, appropriate ways of measuring them are developed and their effects quantified.

The key determinants of food demand are identified and quantified by three rather distinct studies:
1) A national level empirical study of factors that explain the trends in per person consumption of major food items in ten Asian countries over the period 1965 to 1993. This study estimates demand parameters using similar consumption data and time periods and to the extent possible using the same set of explanatory variables in the demand model for each food item in the selected countries.
2) An empirical study of regional trends in food consumption in Japan. To do this sub-national consumption data on a regional basis are analysed for evidence of regional differences in food consumption.
3) A survey of a small sample of food processing companies in one part of Japan. The survey was designed with two objectives in mind. First, to obtain information on the factors that firms involved in the Japanese food industry believe influence food purchasing decisions of Japanese consumers. Second, to gain an understanding of the changes that have occurred in consumer preferences and the firms' forecasts of likely trends and the major determinants of these trends.

The export performance of Australia's food industry is also examined. Increasing food exports to Asian markets has been identified as important for the future growth of the industry. Therefore, it follows that food exporters need to be well informed about changing food consumption patterns in Asia and the factors affecting food consumption. Changes in the consumption of major food items in ten Asian countries are discussed and the key determinants of these trends are identified in this study.
Keyword Food consumption -- Asia.

 
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