Back to Engel? Some Evidence for the Hierarchy of Needs
Andreas Chai () and
Alessio Moneta ()
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Andreas Chai: Griffith University
A chapter in Long Term Economic Development, 2013, pp 33-59 from Springer
Abstract Using UK household expenditure data spanning over four decades (1960–2000), this paper employs Engel’s needs-based approach to analyzing household expenditure patterns and finds evidence for the existence of a stable hierarchy of expenditure patterns at low levels of household income. Second, we investigate how rising household income influences the manner in which total expenditure is distributed across Engel’s expenditure categories. Our results suggest that i) total household expenditure is distributed across Engel’s expenditure categories in an increasingly even manner as household income increases and ii) over time, there has been an acceleration in the rate at which household expenditure patterns become diversified as household income rises. Finally, we consider how the shape of Engel Curves may help shed light on the relationship between goods and the underlying needs they serve.
Keywords: Gini Coefficient; Household Expenditure; Consumption Expenditure; Budget Share; Expenditure Category (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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