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An Examination Of Spending Patterns Of Families Receiving Forms Of Public Assistance

William D. Passero


This paper uses 1992-93 data from the Quarterly Interview Survey component of the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) to analyze spending patterns of families receiving forms of public assistance. Comparisons of demographic characteristics and expenditures are made between families receiving assistance and those not receiving assistance. Among families receiving assistance, those with working members are compared with those with no working members.

Weighted means and percent distributions of selected family characteristics and weighted annual means and shares of expenditures are calculated. Statistical tests demonstrate that expenditure shares for most item categories are significantly different between the compared groups. The analysis then considers factors related to transportation expenditures. A regression equation is specified and estimated by the ordinary least squares (OLS) technique. Results from the regression are examined.