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Estimating Consumption Economies of Scale, Adult Equivalence Scales, and Household Bargaining Power

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  • Martin Browning

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Pierre-Andrée Chiappori

    (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

  • Arthur Lewbel

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    (Boston College)

Abstract

How much income would a woman living alone require to attain the same standard of living that she would have if she were married? What percentage of a married couple's expenditures are controlled by the husband? How much money does a couple save on consumption goods by living together versus living apart? We propose and estimate a collective model of household behavior that permits identification and estimation of concepts such as these. We model households in terms of the utility functions of its members, a bargaining or social welfare function, and a consumption technology function. We demonstrate generic nonparametric identification of the model, and hence of a version of adult equivalence scales that we call "indifference scales," as well as consumption economies of scale, the household's resource sharing rule or members' bargaining power, and other related concepts.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 588.

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Date of creation: 13 Jan 2004
Date of revision: 01 Sep 2010
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Keywords: Consumer Demand; Collective Model; Adult Equivalence Scales; Household Bargaining; Economies of Scale; Demand Systems; Bargaining Power; Barten Scales.;

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