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A Collective Model of Household Behavior with Private and Public Goods: Theory and Some Evidence from U.S. Data

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  • Olivier Donni

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In the present paper, we adopt the collective approach to consumer behavior-which supposes that each household member is characterized by his/her own preferences and that the decision process results in Pareto-efficient outcomes-and assume, in addition, that agents are egoistic and consumption is either private or public. The main results are based on a conditional demand ('m-demand') framework in which household demands are directly derived from the marginal rates of substitution. We show that (i) household demands have to satisfy testable constraints and (ii) some elements of the decision process can be retrieved from observed behavior. These theoretical considerations are followed by an empirical application using the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey. Overall, it turns out that the data are consistent with the theoretical model.

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Paper provided by CIRPEE in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 0402.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:0402

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Keywords: Collective Decision; Intra-household Distribution; Demand Analysis; Private Goods; Public Good; Lindahl Price; GMM;

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  1. Vermeulen, Frederic & Watteyne, André, 2006. "Quand un et un ne font plus deux," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 82(1), pages 155-180, mars-juin.
  2. Frederic Vermeulen & André Watteyne, 2003. "Quand un et un ne font plus deux: calcul d'échelles d'équivalence intra-familiales au moyen d'un modèle collectif," Public Economics Working Paper Series wpechco, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Working Group Public Economics.
  3. Olivier Bargain, 2008. "Normative evaluation of tax policies: from households to individuals," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 339-371, April.
  4. Chiappori, Pierre-André & Donni, Olivier, 2006. "Les modèles non unitaires de comportement du ménage : un survol de la littérature," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 82(1), pages 9-52, mars-juin.

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