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Ernst Engel
March 26, 1821 - December 8, 1896
Nationality: German
Category: Economist
Subcategory: German Economist

The poorer is a family, the greater is the proportion of the total outgo which must be used for food... The proportion of the outgo used for food, other things being equal, is the best measure of the material standard of living of a population.


With rising incomes, the share of expenditures for food products declines. The resulting shift in expenditures affects demand patterns and employment structures.


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