Patton-Nelson Personal Consumption Tables 2011–12


Michael R. Ruble, Robert T. Patton, and David M. Nelson. 2014. Patton-Nelson Personal Consumption Tables 2011–12. Journal of Legal Economics 21(1): pp. 41–55.

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The Patton-Nelson Personal Consumption Tables, a source widely referenced by forensic economists and attorneys, were last updated using 2005-06 data. The 2011-12 Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey was utilized to recalculate the consumption percentage tables for adult males and females employing the most current information available. When compared to 2005-06 survey results, the 2011-12 study reveals a mixture of both slight increases and decreases in consumption percentages among consumer units depending upon the size of the consumer unit.


David M. Nelson, Michael R. Ruble, Robert T. Patton


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