Impact of Household Size and Income on Food Spending Patterns

Statistical relationships called expenditure elasticities are detailed for 24 major food groups and 77 subgroups. They allow researchers and policymakers to anticipate what can happen to family expenditures for these foods when income and household size change. The elasticities generally confirm that spending for food away from home increases significantly as income rises while spending for food prepared at home increases more modestly. The reverse relationship is true for increases in household size. The elasticitiy coefficients established here are based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 1977-78 Nationwide Food Consumption Survey.


Issue Date:
1981-05
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/157048
Total Pages:
24
Series Statement:
Technical Bulletin
1650




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