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Title:The demand for food in South Africa
Authors:Dunne, J. PaulISNI
Edkins, BeverlyISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:food consumption
supply and demand
Abstract:Food consumption is an important issue in South Africa, given its relation to poverty and deprivation. With the pressing need to increase food security, understanding the determinants of the demand for food and having some estimates of the likely impact of price and income changes has become a vital task. There is, however, surprisingly little economic research on this topic and almost none in recent times. This paper provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of the demand for food in South Africa for the years 1970-2002. It moves beyond the usual static modelling approach in using a general dynamic log-linear demand equation and a dynamic version of the almost ideal demand system, to provide estimates of the short- and long-run price and expenditure demand elasticities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]