A cross-section random sample of 485 households residing in Al-Ain, UAE, comprised of 270 Emirati citizens, 116 Arabic-speaking residents, 43 English-speaking residents, and 56 Urdu-speaking residents, was elicited. The questionnaire directed to the heads of the households included two main sections on amounts consumed and expenditures made on each food item bought. The study utilized the procedure of estimating expenditure functions on three main food items/groups: rice, seafood, and meats. Some of the results indicated that (1) income and household size were always critical factors affecting the amount of money spent on the three examined food groups, and (2) the expenditure on the three examined food items/groups was not highly responsive to changes in households' incomes.
- Determinants of food expenditure
- income-expenditure elasticity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Animal Science and Zoology
- Agronomy and Crop Science