Dining out: Are seniors today different from seniors a decade ago?

Renuka Mahadevan, Leonora Risse

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This is the first intertemporal analysis of seniors’ income elasticity of expenditure on food-away-from-home (FAFH) across age cohorts. While the expenditure behaviour of Australian seniors today is not too different from those a decade ago, today's seniors are more homogenous in terms of the sensitivity of their FAFH spending to a change in income. The finding that seniors do not treat FAFH as a luxury good can serve as a buffer against potential declines in demand for food services in times of economic crisis and uncertainty, especially as seniors’ share of the overall population continues to grow in future years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-131
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


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