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Nonrepresentative Representative Consumers

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  • Michael Jerison

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Representative consumers can be very Pareto inconsistent. We describe a community, with equal income distribution, where all consumers require 50% higher aggregate income than the representative consumer requires in order to be compensated for the doubling of a price. Such large inconsistencies are ruled out if the representative consumer is homothetic, or if the consumers' income shares are fixed and all goods are normal. We show that optimality of the income distribution rule is not necessary for Pareto consistency of the representative consumer, and we give a weaker sufficient condition for Pareto consistency in communities with two goods and two consumers.

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Paper provided by University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 97-01.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:nya:albaec:97-01

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Keywords: Consumption; Income;

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  1. Chiappori, Pierre-André, 2005. "Conférence François-Albert-Angers 2004," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 81(3), pages 405-419, Septembre.
  2. JÊrÆme B. Detemple & Piero Gottardi, 1998. "Aggregation, efficiency and mutual fund separation in incomplete markets," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 11(2), pages 443-455.
  3. Edward E. Schlee, 2001. "The Value of Information in Efficient Risk-Sharing Arrangements," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(3), pages 509-524, June.

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