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Semiparametric Estimation of Lifetime Equivalence Scales

  • Pendakur, K.

Pashardes (1991) and Banks, Blundell and Preston (1994) use parametric methods to estimate lifetime equivalence scales. Their approaches put parametric restrictions on the differences in within-period expenditure needs across household types, the intertemporal allocation of expenditure, and the structure of within-period consumer demand systems. This paper puts parametric structure only on the differences in within-period expenditure needs across household types. This implies structure on the intertemporal allocation of expenditure, but leaves within-period consumer demand systems unrestricted.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University in its series Discussion Papers with number dp99-9.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:sfu:sfudps:dp99-9
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