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Comparing Shapes of Engel Curves


  • Andreas Chai

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)

  • Alessio Moneta

    () (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany)


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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  • Andreas Chai & Alessio Moneta, 2008. "Comparing Shapes of Engel Curves," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-093, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-093

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    Consumption; Kernel method; Rank correlation; Curve shape;

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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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