Import demand for goat meat, lamb and mutton, and other lesser meat by the United States
Sande, Doris Nekesa
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American diets, especially meat consumption, have changed dramatically over the past decade. There has been a shift away from red meats towards white meats. These changes are not in isolation; they seem to be in line with dietary changes worldwide. Changes in consumption patterns in the United States have mainly been prompted by the current wave of population diversity, as well as the health consciousness of the American population. These factors have created a favorable environment for goat meat. This thesis investigates the import demand elasticity for goat meat, along with sheep and lamb, and other lesser meats as a system of minor meats. Due to lack of local production data on goat meat, import data was utilized to determine the import demand. The Generalized Composite Commodity Theorem was employed to test for separability of imports from local production. It was determined that import demand for goat meat and sheep and lamb are both price inelastic and luxury goods, which implies that import demand does not vary much with changes in import prices.