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Enriching income data with expenditure information: a semi-parametric imputation technique



In this paper we describe a methodology for enriching an income dataset with information on expenditures using a semi-parametric imputation technique. Engel curves are first estimated semi-parametrically on household budget data. We then show how the technique can be used to impute expenditure information into a separate income dataset. As an example we show results from the imputation of expenditures in a separate income file using Belgian household budget data.

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