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Income and Food Consumption Behavior in China: A Structural Shift Analysis

Citation

Ma, Haijing & Popkin, Barry M. (1995). Income and Food Consumption Behavior in China: A Structural Shift Analysis. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 16, 155-65.

Abstract

The nutrition transition in China has proceeded to the extent that the food -consumption behaviour of low-income and high-income groups is different. Failure to consider these differences could lead to inappropriate assumptions about some basic food policy issues. This analysis was undertaken using a sample of adults 1850 years old from the 1991 China Health and Nutrition Survey. Low-income families have a greater propensity to increase or decrease fat and calorie intakes than high-income families. This difference has important, policy implications and shows why it should be considered in making decisions regarding consumption behaviour. Selecting the appropriate income switching or cut-off point is central to capturing this structural difference.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/156482659501600209

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Author(s)

Ma, Haijing
Popkin, Barry M.

Year Published

1995

Volume Number

16

Pages

155-65

Reference ID

519