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Estimation of collective household models with Engel curves

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  • Lewbel, Arthur
  • Pendakur, Krishna

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The structural consumer demand methods used to estimate the parameters of collective household models are typically either very restrictive and easy to implement or very general and difficult to estimate. In this paper, we provide a middle ground. We adapt the very general framework of [Browning, M., Chiappori, P.A., Lewbel, A., 2004. Estimating Consumption Economies of Scale, Adult Equivalence Scales, and Household Bargaining Power, Boston College Working Papers in Economics 588] by adding a simple restriction that recasts the empirical model from a highly nonlinear demand system with price variation to a slightly nonlinear Engel curve system. Our restriction has an interpretation in terms of the behaviour of household scale economies and is testable. Our method identifies the levels of (not just changes in) household resource shares, and a variant of equivalence scales called indifference scales. We apply our methodology to Canadian expenditure data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 147 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 350-358

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:147:y:2008:i:2:p:350-358

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Keywords: Consumer demand Collective model Sharing rule Household bargaining Bargaining power Indifference scales Adult equivalence scales Demand systems Barten scales Nonparametric identification;

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