FOOD CONSUMPTION BEHAVIOR OF THE MALAYS IN MALAYSIA

  • Tey Yeong Sheng Research Officer, Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
  • Mad Nasir Shamsudin Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Zainal Abidin Mohamed Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Amin Mahir Abdullah Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Alias Radam Deputy Director, Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies

Abstract

The objective of this study is to provide an insight into demand patterns of Malay consumers for specific food categories in Malaysia. By utilizing Household Expenditure Survey 2004/2005, a system of equations of Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System (LA/AIDS) model for 12 aggregated food products is estimated using a two-step estimation procedure. A Workinglesser form of Engel function is also estimated to derive income elasticities from the estimated expenditure elasticities. This study shows that Malay consumers appear to have different food consumption patterns as compared to the general Malaysian diets. Malay consumers tend to increase their consumption of rice more than higher-value (meat and fish) and functional (vegetables and fruits) foods. Malay consumers are found to be very sensitive to the own-price of most of the food products, especially rice

JEL classification: D12, E21

Key words: Food, Linear Approximate Almost Ideal Demand System, Engel function
How to Cite
Sheng, T. Y., Shamsudin, M. N., Mohamed, Z. A., Abdullah, A. M., & Radam, A. (1). FOOD CONSUMPTION BEHAVIOR OF THE MALAYS IN MALAYSIA. International Journal of Economics, Management and Accounting, 16(2). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/enmjournal/index.php/enmj/article/view/151
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