U.S. Food Expenditures Away From Home by Type of Meal

Helen H. Jensen, Steven T. Yen
December 1995  [95-WP 143]

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Jensen, H.H. and S.T. Yen. 1995. "U.S. Food Expenditures Away From Home by Type of Meal." Working paper 95-WP 143. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University.


In the 1992-93 period, nearly 40 percent of households in the United States purchased breakfast away from home and about 75 percent purchased lunch or dinner during a two-week span. Using a double-hurdle model in this study, the authors report that the wife's employment has a positive effect on the probability and level of lunch and dinner expenditures. Income also has a statistically significant and positive effect.