A conceptual and empirical framework to analyze the economics of consumer food waste

Published on Oct 1, 2019in Resources Conservation and Recycling7.04
· DOI :10.1016/j.resconrec.2019.06.008
Dusan Drabik13
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(AAEA: Agricultural & Applied Economics Association),
Harry de Gorter26
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(Cornell University),
Christian John Reynolds10
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(University of Sheffield)
Abstract We develop a microeconomic model to understand food waste of consumers. We capture at-home and away-from home food consumption and distinguish between food purchases and food consumption. We allow the consumer to choose the rate of food waste at home optimally to maximize her utility. We show that consumer purchases can decline or increase with a cut in the rate of consumer waste, depending on the elasticity of food demand. Using the UK data for poultry in 2012, we also show a case where for a price elastic demand food consumption increases with a reduction in the food waste rate, but food purchases (retail sales) increase.
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