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U.S. Food Expenditures Away from Home by Type of Meal

  • Jensen, Helen H.
  • Yen, Steven

A nonnormal and heteroscedastic double-hurdle model is used to study household expenditures on breakfast, lunch and dinner away from home in the United States. In the 1992ï¾–93 period, nearly 40% of households purchased breakfast, and about three quarters of households purchased lunch or dinner in a two-week period. Wife's employment has a positive effect on the probability and level of lunch and dinner expenditures but not on breakfast expenditures. Income effects are all statistically significant and positive. The role of household composition. other demographics and region are also important.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 922.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1996
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Publication status: Published in Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, January 1996, vol. 44, pp. 67-80
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:922
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