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Econometrics 2016, 4(2), 22; doi:10.3390/econometrics4020022

Distribution of Budget Shares for Food: An Application of Quantile Regression to Food Security 1

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Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, 1175 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110240, Gainesville, FL 32611-0240, USA
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U.S. Agency for International Development, RRB 2.10-269, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20523, USA
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School of Public Health, National University of Rwanda, PO Box 5229, Kigali, Rwanda
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Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, 1130 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110240, Gainesville, FL 32611-0240, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Gabriel Montes-Rojas
Received: 1 November 2015 / Revised: 16 March 2016 / Accepted: 22 March 2016 / Published: 8 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantile Methods)
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Abstract

This study examines, using quantile regression, the linkage between food security and efforts to enhance smallholder coffee producer incomes in Rwanda. Even though in Rwanda smallholder coffee producer incomes have increased, inhabitants these areas still experience stunting and wasting. This study examines whether the distribution of the income elasticity for food is the same for coffee and noncoffee growing provinces. We find that that the share of expenditures on food is statistically different in coffee growing and noncoffee growing provinces. Thus, the increase in expenditure on food is smaller for coffee growing provinces than noncoffee growing provinces. View Full-Text
Keywords: income elasticity; subsistence; marketing channels income elasticity; subsistence; marketing channels
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Moss, C.B.; Oehmke, J.F.; Lyambabaje, A.; Schmitz, A. Distribution of Budget Shares for Food: An Application of Quantile Regression to Food Security 1. Econometrics 2016, 4, 22.

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