Household characteristics and consumption behaviour: a nonparametric approach
AbstractIn this paper we apply nonparametric methods in order to discuss sorne empirical aspects of household consumption behaviour. First, we study the differences in the consumption behaviour between household types. We find that, except for food, there are no elear significant differences. Secondly, we derive the functional form for the food Engel curve, using specification tests consistent in the direction of nonparametric alternatives. Finally, we use this specification to discuss the misleading conelusions that could be reached from a mechanic interpretation of the rejection of Hausman's test, when applied to test the exogeneity of expenditure. The data is obtained from the Spanish Expenditure Survey 1980-81 and 1990-91.
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Consistent specification tests; Engel curves; Expenditure endogeneity; Household characteristics; Nonparametric estimation;
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- Delgado, Miguel A & Miles, Daniel, 1997. "Household Characteristics and Consumption Behaviour: A Nonparametric Approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 409-29.
- Delgado, Miguel A. & Miles, Daniel, . "Household Characteristics and Consumption Behaviour: A Nonparametric Approach," Open Access publications from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid info:hdl:10016/2437, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
- C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
- C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
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