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June 2006, Vol. 129, No. 6
Food-at-home expenditures of Asian households
Shiao-Lin Shirley Tsai
Former Senior Software Engineer, Division of Consumer Expenditure Information Systems. She currently works as Senior IT Professional in the Division Business Establishment Systems, Office of Technology and Survey Processing, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Economist, Division of Consumer Expenditure Survey, Office of Prices and Living Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Differences in weekly average expenditures suggest a race effect in spending on food-at-home items. This article compares national estimates of food-at-home expenditures by Asian households in the United States with non-Asian households, using data from the 2003 Consumer Expenditure Diary Survey. Analysis of the expenditure data indicated that Asian households spend more than other households on fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, rice, and seafood and less on dairy products and oils. Regression analyses on food category expenditure shares with controls for other demographic characteristics showed race to be a significant factor in accounting for differences in all six food category expenditure shares.
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