Pierre Dubois

Toulouse School of Economics
21 allée de Brienne
3100 Toulouse

E-Mail: Pierre.Dubois@tse-fr.eu
Institutional Affiliation: Toulouse School of Economics

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2013Do Prices and Attributes Explain International Differences in Food Purchases?
with Rachel Griffith, Aviv Nevo: w18750
Food purchases differ substantially across countries. We use detailed household level data from the US, France and the UK to (i) document these differences; (ii) estimate a demand system for food and nutrients, and (iii) simulate counterfactual choices if households faced prices and nutritional characteristics from other countries. We find that differences in prices and characteristics are important and can explain some difference (e.g., US-France difference in caloric intake), but generally cannot explain many of the compositional patterns by themselves. Instead, it seems an interaction between the economic environment and differences in preferences is needed to explain cross country differences.

Published: Pierre Dubois & Rachel Griffith & Aviv Nevo, 2014. "Do Prices and Attributes Explain International Differences in Food Purchases?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 104(3), pages 832-67, March. citation courtesy of

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