Technical Bulletin No. (TB-1925) 89 pp

March 2010

Cross-Price Elasticities of Demand Across 114 Countries

This report presents a simple methodology for calculating cross-price elasticities across countries, using the Frisch own-price elasticity. Cross-price elasticities are calculated for 9 major consumption categories from the 1996 International Comparison Program data across 114 countries. The consumption categories are: food, beverage, and tobacco; clothing and footwear; education; gross rent, fuel, and power; house furnishings and operations; medical care; recreation; transport and communications; and "other" items. Additionally, cross-price elasticities are calculated and reported for a two-good demand system of food and nonfood. The elasticity estimates from this report are the only available consistent cross-country cross-price elasticity estimates across this large a number of countries and consumption categories.

Keywords: Cross-country demand analysis, cross-price elasticities, 1996 ICP data, Florida Model, Frisch elasticity, complete demand analysis, food demand

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Last updated: Friday, March 19, 2010

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