American Potato Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 169–175 | Cite as

An economic evaluation of consumer characteristics affecting fresh potato consumption

  • G. A. Mathia
  • F. Haynes


The purpose of this report was to relate several economic and social characteristics of consumers to level of fresh potato consumption. National cross-sectional data were used to identify consumption patterns using the least squares regression procedure. Relationships were estimated for white and nonwhite households

The relationships for white households indicated that price of fresh potatoes, family income, number of meals eaten-at-home, family size, and expenditures for sweet potatoes were important determinants of weekly fresh potato consumption. Regional, urbanization and seasonal differences were also apparent for white households. Age and expenditures for processed white potatoes were less critical in determining consumption patterns

The relationship for the nonwhite households was similar structurally to the white household relationship in many respects. Actually, age, expenditures for sweet potatoes and processed white potatoes and a couple of shift variables were the only ones which did not exhibit statistically significant coefficients. Seasonal and regional differences were noted.


Sweet Potato AMERICAN Potato Journal Shift Variable Rural Farm Fresh Potato 
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El objetivo de esta investigación fue relacionar varias características económicas y sociales de los consumidores con el nivel de consumo de papas frescas. Los patrones de consumo fueron identificados mediante análisis de regresión de datos obtenidos a nivel nacional. Se estimaron relaciones para familias blancas y no blancas

Para familias blancas, las relaciones indicaron que el precio de papas frescas, renta familiar, número de comidas en casa, número de personas por familia, y los gastos en consumo de batatas (camotes), fueron determinantes importantes del consumo semanal de papas frescas. Diferencias regionales, locales y estacionales, también fueron aparentes en familias blancas. Edad y gastos en consumo de papas procesadas fueron menos críticas en la determinatión de patrones de consumo.

Para familias no blancas, las relaciones fueron estructuralmente similares en varios aspectos que la de las familias blancas. En efecto, edad y gastos por consumo de batatas y papas procesadas, no exhibieron coeficientes estadísticamente significativos. Diferencias estacionales y regionales fueron notadas, pero sin signification estadística


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  • G. A. Mathia
  • F. Haynes

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