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Connected Substitutes and Invertibility of Demand

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  • Steven T. Berry
  • Amit Gandhi
  • Philip Haile

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We consider the invertibility of a nonparametric nonseparable demand system. Invertibility of demand is important in several contexts, including identification of demand, estimation of demand, testing of revealed preference, and economic theory requiring uniqueness of market clearing prices. We introduce the notion of "connected substitutes" and show that this structure is sufficient for invertibility. The connected substitutes conditions require weak substitution between all goods and sufficient strict substitution to necessitate treating them in a single demand system. These conditions are satisfied in many standard models, have transparent economic interpretation, and allow us to show invertibility without functional form restrictions, smoothness assumptions, or strong domain restrictions.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17193.

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Publication status: published as Steven Berry, Amit Gandhi and Philip Haile (2013), \Connected Substitutes and Invertibility of Demand," Econometrica v. 81(5) (September), pp. 2087-2111 (also Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper # 1806R.)
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  1. Reynaert, Mathias & Verboven, Frank, 2012. "Improving the Performance of Random Coefficients Demand Models: the Role of Optimal Instruments," CEPR Discussion Papers 9026, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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