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A nonnormal and heteroskedastic double-hurdle model is used to study household expenditure on breakfast, lunch and dinner away from home in the United States. In the 1992-93 period, nearly 40 percent of households purchased breakfast, and about 75 percent of households purchased lunch or dinner in a two-week period. Wife's employment has a positive effect on the probability and level of lunch and dinner expenditures but not on breakfast expenditures. Income effects are al statistically significant and positive. The role of household composition, other demographics and region are also important.

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