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Returns to scale in food preparation and the Deaton–Paxson puzzle

Crossley, TF and Lu, Y (2017) 'Returns to scale in food preparation and the Deaton–Paxson puzzle.' Review of Economics of the Household. ISSN 1569-5239

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Abstract

We consider returns to scale in food preparation as a potential resolution of a puzzle raised by Deaton and Paxson (Journal of Political Economy, 106(5), 897–930, 1998). We clarify the conditions under which returns to scale in food preparation can resolve the puzzle. The key requirement is that foods are heterogeneous in time costs. We then show that detailed food expenditure and time use data are consistent with larger households shifting to more time intensive foods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Household returns to scale, Home production, Food preparation, Time use
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 16:06
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 16:06
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20791

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