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Psychological Thresholds, Demand and Price Rigidity

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  • Drakopoulos, S A

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The starting point of this paper is the idea of threshold behavior, which has considerable support in psychology but has been neglected by economists. The implications of having a consumer theory that puts emphasis on threshold behavior towards prices and quantities are examined. It is shown that a threshold-based demand curve can be derived from a hierarchical approach to consumer behavior and also from a customs- or habits-oriented response to price by the consumer. These threshold-based demand curves can provide an additional explanation for price rigidity in the product market. Copyright 1992 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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Article provided by University of Manchester in its journal The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies.

Volume (Year): 60 (1992)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 152-68

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manch2:v:60:y:1992:i:2:p:152-68

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  1. Drakopoulos, Stavros A., 2005. "The paradox of Happiness: towards an alternative explanation," MPRA Paper 6870, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Drakopoulos, Stavros A., 1994. "Trade Union Priorities and Wage Rigidity," MPRA Paper 35791, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Lavoie, Marc, 2004. "Post Keynesian consumer theory: Potential synergies with consumer research and economic psychology," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 25(5), pages 639-649, October.
  4. Drakopoulos, Stavros A., 2008. "The Concept Of Comparison Income: An Historical Perspective," MPRA Paper 8713, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Drakopoulos, S. A. & Theodossiou, I., 1997. "Job satisfaction and target earnings," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 18(6), pages 693-704, November.

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