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Economics | The Internal Structure of U. S. Consumption Expenditures

The Internal Structure of U. S. Consumption Expenditures

Taylor, Lester D

2014, X, 198 p. 70 illus., 69 illus. in color.

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  • ​Investigates consumer behavior beyond the conventional price and income elasticities
  • Provides in-depth statistical analysis of consumer spending and behavior
  • Examines the US allocation of expenditures amongst different categories of consumption​
Usually, when we consider the information that is given in a household budget survey, we do so in terms of expenditures for different goods and services and how these relate to income, prices, and socio demographic factors such as age, family size, and education. Allocation of expenditures amongst different categories of consumption is seen as being determined by tastes and preferences acting in conjunction with a constraint imposed by prices and income. The parameters thus obtained are obviously useful in analyzing the impact on consumption resulting from changes in income and prices (should the latter be available), but income and price elasticities, in themselves, say little about the internal structure of consumption spending. How expenditures for housing, transportation, and personal care to pick three standard categories of consumption spending – are related to expenditures for food, for example, has never been a direct focus of empirical study. This book focuses on these relationships and provides insight into consumer behavior that complements and goes beyond that given by conventional price and income elasticities, making it of interest to students as well as economists in both government and academia concerned with consumer behavior.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Consumption Behavior - Demographics - Elastic demand - Expenditures - Inelastic demand - Spending

Related subjects » Economic Growth - Economics - Macroeconomics / Monetary Economics / Growth

Table of contents 

​Preface.- A Different Way of Looking at Consumption Behavior.- Stability of The Internal Structure of Consumption Expenditures.- Stability of The Internal Structure of Consumption Expenditure II: Interpretation and Further Analyses.- Effects of A Change In Expenditures For One Good on Expenditures of Other Goods.- Background, Interpretation, and Speculation.- A Brief Look at Intra-Budget Coefficients by Quintiles of Consumption Expenditure.- Estimation of Price Elasticities With Data From The BLS Consumer Expenditure Surveys.- Summary, Conclusions, and Final Exercises.- Appendix 1 Data and Definitions.- Appendix 2 Distributions of Residuals and Differences In Expenditure and Budget-Share Coefficients.- Appendix 3 Data Used in Chapter 7.- References.- Index.​

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