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The Implications of Additive Community Preferences in a Multi-consumer Economy

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  • Blackorby, Charles
  • Schworm, William

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The authors investigate the consequences of imposing additivity on community preferences. They show that there are import ant implications of additive community preferences that are not implied. by the additivity of a single consumer's preferences. In particular, th ey show that imposing additivity on community preferences implies the existence of a representative consumer with a utility function in th e constant elasticity of substitution family. The authors demonstrate the restrictive nature of these implications with three examples. Their interpretation of the resul ts is that single-consumer models are unable to adequately represent important features of multiconsumer economies. Copyright 1993 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited.

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Volume (Year): 60 (1993)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 209-27

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  1. Masao Ogaki, 2003. "Aggregation under Complete Markets," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 6(4), pages 977-986, October.
  2. Maria Concetta Chiuri, 1999. "Individual Decisions and Household Demand for Consumption And Leisure," CSEF Working Papers 26, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  3. Lilia Maliar & Serguei Maliar, 2003. "Quasi-Linear Preferences In The Macroeconomy: Indeterminacy, Heterogeneity Andthe Representative Consumer," Working Papers. Serie AD 2003-30, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  4. Lilia Maliar & Serguei Maliar, 2005. "An Analytical Construction Of Constantinides¿ Social Utility Function," Working Papers. Serie AD 2005-25, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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