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    Centre of Sociological Research


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    University of Szczecin (Poland)

    Széchenyi István University, (Hungary)

    Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)

    Alexander Dubcek University of Trencín (Slovak Republic)

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Modernising Consumption in Poland in the EU Background in 2004-2012

Vol. 7, No 2, 2014


Urszula Grzega

Dr hab.

Department of Consumer Research

Faculty of Management

University of  Economics in

Modernising consumption

in Poland in the EU background in 2004-2012


Katowice, Poland



ABSTRACT. This article aims at presenting changes in consumption of households in Poland in the background of the European Union in 2004-2012 in the context of modernising consumption. The research material stems from secondary data provided by Eurostat databases. The research employs a descriptive analysis method supported by some elements of a quantitative analysis.

In the period of 2004-2012 a process of modernising consumption was observed. This is confirmed by some decrease in the food index value, increase in free choice expenditure and some progress in equipping households with computers along with remarkable improvement in availability of the Internet. These changes show a higher level of need satisfaction in 2012 as compared to the year Poland joined the European Union. Moreover, the changes in question are made in compliance with assumptions of the knowledge and information based development. Additionally, gradual although slow closing of the consumption gap between Poland and the average European Union countries deserves appreciation.


Received: March, 2014

1st Revision: April, 2014

Accepted: May, 2014





JEL Classification: E20, O11, O52

Keywords: consumer expenditure, consumption, household, Poland, European Union.