Modelling Regional Consumption Patterns in Australia*

Selva Selvanathan, Saroja Selvanathan, Lucille Wong, Maneka Jayasinghe

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    In 1977, Stigler and Becker hypothesised that ‘tastes neither change capriciously nor differ importantly between people’. In an interregional context, this implies that irrespective of differences in income and geography, consumers in different regions are similar. Studies conducted 25 years ago using data for Australian states found support for this hypothesis. However, due to the changing ethnic composition of the population in the states of Australia, differences in consumption patterns between states are emerging. Using recent regional consumption data and demand models, we investigate in this study whether there are regional disparities across the six Australian states, and find that there are in fact differences.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-156
    Number of pages16
    JournalEconomic Record
    Issue number317
    Early online date18 May 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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