Regional characteristics of animal product consumption

Zhou, Zhang-Yue, Xin, Xian, and Jiang, Nai-Hua (2006) Regional characteristics of animal product consumption. In: Papers from the International Conference on Transition, Growth and Globalization in China 2005. pp. 123-146. From: International Conference on Transition, Growth and Globalization in China, 7-8 July 2005, Perth, WA, Australia.

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In the past two decades, China's per capita animal product consumption has increased remarkably. Based on the data published by China's State Statistical Bureau (SSBa), in rural areas, per capita meat consumption had increased from 9.4 kg in 1981 to 17.7 kg in 2002. During the same period, per capita egg consumption increased from 1.3 kg to 4.7 kg, and per capita aquatic products from 1.3 kg to 4.4 kg. The corresponding figures for urban areas are 20.5 kg to 32.5 kg (meat), 5.2 kg to 10.6 kg (eggs), and 7.3 kg to 13.2 kg (aquatic products) (SSBa 2003, pp.352, 374). There are, however, significant differences in animal product consumption between rural and urban residents, the rich and the poor, and between different regions. Some have examined the rural-urban differences and the difference between the rich and the poor (see, for example, Wu and Li 1995, Cai ef at. 1999, Wang and Fan 1999, Wang and Yang 2003). Literature examining variations between regions has been scarce. This study looks into the regional variations of China's animal product consumption. In the next section, we first present the general trend in animal product consumption in China and highlight consumption gap between rural and urban residents and between the rich and the poor. We then discuss the difference in animal production consumption between regions. Subsequently, we report the findings of an empirical analysis on regional consumer responses to price and income changes.

Item ID: 4356
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-74052-132-1
Keywords: animal product consumption; China; regional characteristics
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009 03:13
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910201 Consumption @ 100%
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