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

Dušan Drabik*, Harry de Gorter, Christian Reynolds

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-509
JournalResources, Conservation and Recycling
Volume149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Consumer purchases
  • Consumption
  • Downstream
  • Economic model
  • Effective consumption price
  • Food waste

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