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Engel Curves and Equivalence Scales for Bangladesh

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  • Syed Abul Hasan

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This paper examines the Engel curve for major expenditure categories and estimates equivalence scales for Bangladesh. We compare Engel curves estimated by semi-parametric techniques to those arising from models based on consumer theory. Our analysis supports the argument that quadratic food Engel curves are a feature of developing countries. Knowledge about the correct specification of the Engel curve has important implications for modelling household responses to negative income shocks.

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  • Syed Abul Hasan, 2012. "Engel Curves and Equivalence Scales for Bangladesh," ASARC Working Papers 2012-15, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:asarcc:2012-15
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    1. Syed Abul Hasan, 2013. "The impact of a large rice price increase on welfare and poverty in Bangladesh," ASARC Working Papers 2013-11, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.

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    Keywords

    Engel Curve; Semi-parametric Estimation; Semi-nonparametric Estimation; Partial Linear Model; Equivalence Scale; Base Independence; Shape Invariance;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy

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