Convergence in Food Consumption in Rural China: Evidence from Household Survey Data
13 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2005
The aims of this paper are to propose an econometric model for studying consumption convergence, to apply the model to a set of panel data from China, and to discuss various implications of research results. Major findings of the paper include (a) conditional convergence is confirmed for total grain, fine grain, edible oil, poultry, aquatic product, and sugar; (b) animal fat and red meat exhibit consumption divergence; (c) rising income inequality and underdevelopment of market are identified to be obstacles to consumption convergence; and (d) for commodities that converge, the speed of convergence is slow.
Keywords: Convergence, China, food consumption
JEL Classification: E21, R12, P36
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