Feles: The functionalized extended linear expenditure system. Theory, estimation procedures and application to individual household consumption expenditures involving socioeconomic and sociodemographic characteristics

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This article introduces the Functionalized Extended Linear Expenditure System, FELES, a new extension on Lluch's familiar Extended Linear Expenditure System. Household individual expenditures with respect to 'subsistence expenditures' and 'partial marginal propensities to consume' are made explicitly dependent on socioeconomic and sociodemographic characteristics in a system-wide approach. A restricted maximum likelihood estimator for relatively small systems with few explanatory variables and an iterative estimation procedure for larger systems with an extensive set of explanatory variables are proposed. The complete FELES then is applied to cross-sectional data with more than 47,000 German households. Stone's LES and Lluch's ELES are first quantified too on a German data base of this extent.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)359-394
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - 01.09.1983
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The author is member of the Special Collaborative Programme ‘Microanalytical
Foundations of Social Policy’ -- Project B-3 ‘Microsimulation’ - financed by the German National Science Foundation.