Empirical Economics

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 249–273

Effects of health information on Nordic meat and fish demand

  • Kyrre Rickertsen
  • Dadi Kristofersson
  • Solveig Lothe

DOI: 10.1007/s001810200129

Cite this article as:
Rickertsen, K., Kristofersson, D. & Lothe, S. Empirical Economics (2003) 28: 249. doi:10.1007/s001810200129


Increasing public concerns about health risks associated with dietary intakes of cholesterol are expected to have significant impacts on the demand for foods with high fat content. This paper investigates how information about cholesterol, as measured by two newly constructed indices based on published medical research, has affected the demand for meats (beef, chicken and pork) and fish in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden). To compare the effects of information across countries and over time, the demand equations for all the countries are estimated within one system, and a complete set of price and expenditure elasticities is estimated. Our findings suggest that health information has affected consumption in a healthy way in all countries studied except for Denmark. We find positive effects on the demand for chicken in Finland, Norway and Sweden and for fish in Finland and Sweden. A negative effect on the demand for beef in Sweden also is found.

Key words: cholesterol demand analysis meats health information Nordic countries 
JEL classification: I12 Q11 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyrre Rickertsen
    • 1
  • Dadi Kristofersson
    • 2
  • Solveig Lothe
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5033, N 1432 Aas, Norway and Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (e-mail: kyrre.rickertsen@ios.nlh.no)NO
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Agricultural University of Norway, P.O. Box 5033, N 1432 Aas, Norway (e-mail: dadi.kristofersson@ios.nlh.no)NO
  3. 3.Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Management, P.O. Box 580, 1301 Sandvika, Norway (e-mail: solveig.lothe@bi.no)NO

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