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Vertical Transmission Of Consumption Behavior And The Distribution Of Surnames

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  • Andrés Romeu

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

  • M. Dolores Collado

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    (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Ignacio Ortuño Ortín

    (Universidad de Alicante)

Abstract

This paper attempts to detect the existence of links in consumptionpreferences between generations. Preferences for consumption goods may bedetermined by the preferences of parents (vertical transmission) and/or bypreferences arising from the environment (horizontal transmission). Wepropose an indirect methodology to overcome the lack of data on consumptionchoices of dynasties, i.e., parents and their adult offspring. This new approachis based on the analysis of the correlation between the geographicaldistributions of surnames and consumption choices. Our results show that thereis horizontal transmission of preferences regarding non-food items and possiblyvertical transmission for food items.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2006-09.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2006-09

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Keywords: Preference formation; surnames; vertical and horizontal transmission.;

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  1. Klaus Desmet & Michel Le Breton & Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin & Shlomo Weber, 2009. "The Stability and Breakup of Nations: A Quantitative Analysis," Vives discussion paper series 10, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen, Vives.
  2. Desmet, Klaus & Le Breton, Michel & Ortuño-Ortín, Ignacio & Weber, Shlomo, 2006. "Nation Formation and Genetic Diversity," CEPR Discussion Papers 5918, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Maia Güell & José V. Rodriguez Mora & Chris Telmer, 2007. "Intergenerational mobility and the informative content of surnames," Economics Working Papers 1042, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  4. Alberto Bisin & Thierry Verdier, 2010. "The Economics of Cultural Transmission and Socialization," NBER Working Papers 16512, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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