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An Economic Analysis of Food Demand in Rural and Urban Households of Tamil Nadu

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Society of Economics and Development

Source : Society of Economics and Development

Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Agricultural Sciences

Year : 2020

Abstract : Food is a basic part of our existence and nourishes the body. The Indian consumer underwent a remarkable transformation in their consumption pattern. Food consumption and expenditure on different commodities is an important area of research for economists. The NSSO data (68 round) was used to derive different demand elasticity for different food groups in Tamil Nadu. The income th elasticity derived from the Quadratic Almost Ideal Demand System model revealed that the food group, milk and vegetables are necessary goods in rural households but luxury goods in urban households. The meat was necessary good in urban households but luxury goods in rural households. The uncompensated own price elasticity showed the demand reacted elastically to own price changes for meat, edible oils, and nuts in rural households, milk, egg, vegetables, fruits, nuts and oil in urban households. The uncompensated cross-price elasticity showed milk and beverages were substitutes in both rural and urban households. Similarly, meat and egg in rural, milk and egg, fruits and nuts in urban households were substitutes. The compensated own price elasticity showed nuts and oil in rural and urban households, meat in rural and milk, egg, vegetables and fruits in urban households, were elastic to the price change. The compensated cross-price elasticity showed, fruits, and nuts, egg and meat, meat and fish, appeared to be moderately strong substitutes, cereals and vegetables were complements in rural households, whereas vegetables and edible oils, fruits and vegetables, were substitutes, the commodity group's fruits and nuts, milk, and egg, were complements in urban households of Tamil Nadu. The study recommended policies such as appropriate technology development to enhance the productivity of oilseeds and meticulous planning of the quantum of edible oil to be imported and rationalization of distribution of edible oils through Public Distribution System, exclusively to the households living under the poverty line to meet the growing demand for edible oil.

Cite this Research Publication : K Thomas Felix and Naveen Kumar P. An Economic Analysis of Food Demand in Rural and Urban Households of Tamil Nadu.2020.Society of Economics and Development

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