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Demographics and Food Consumption: Empirical Evidence

Luis Miguel Albisu, Azucena Gracia and Ana Isabel Sanjuán

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199569441
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199569441.013.0031

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Demographics and Food Consumption: Empirical Evidence

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This article reviews only those empirical works that report results on the influence of sociodemographic factors on food consumption. It highlights those recent papers that can be helpful to the interested reader as a base from which to explore further aspects of demographics and food consumption. Reviewed empirical studies analyze the influence of demographics on food consumption following the two different approaches. This article presents the main demographic trends in developed countries. It gathers empirical evidence about the effect of demographic factors on food consumers' preferences for different food attributes, classified for pedagogical purposes in the following categories: ethics (organics, fair trade, and animal welfare), food safety and health (food safety, healthy diets, genetic modification, and irradiation), local and typical produce, ethnicity, and convenience. Finally, it concludes with some remarks and comments about emerging trends for future research.

Keywords: sociodemographic factors; food consumption; developed countries; food safety; empirical studies

Article.  10542 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Labour and Demographic Economics ; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics

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