Abstract

Household expenditures on food away from home are analyzed with the use of the BLS' 1989 Consumer Expenditure Survey. Parameterization and distributional assumptions of Cragg's double-hurdle model are generalized for this purpose, and the resulting model outperforms the more traditional ones. Results suggest households with working wives and those with higher income are more likely to consume food away from home and also to consume more than others. Wife's age and household size increase the conditional level of consumption. Education has conflicting effects on probability and conditional level of consumption.

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