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The Effects of the Gender of Children on Expenditure Patterns in Rural China: A Semiparametric Analysis

Gong, Xiaodong; van Soest, Arthur; Zhang, Ping


We analyse expenditure patterns for rural China, focusing on differences between families with boys and girls. The sample includes more than 5000 nuclear families from 19 Chinese provinces. Following the existing literature, we estimate Engel curves for food and for alcohol, a typical adult good. We use a flexible, partially linear specification and allow for endogeneity of total expenditures. The results are similar to those of other studies, not providing much evidence of gender...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Applied Econometrics
DOI: 10.1002/jae.780


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