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Comparing shapes of engel curves

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  • Andreas Chai

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    (Productivity Commission, Australian Government)

  • Alessio Moneta

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    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

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We measure how different the shapes of Engel curves are across 59 commodity groups. The same analysis is carried out for their derivatives and variances. While Engel curves possess a relatively homogeneous shape, significantly more heterogeneity is present in derivatives and when particular sub-classes of income are considered.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 29 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1156-1162

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00059

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