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Omega-Homothetic Preferences: Theory and Applications

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  • Datta, Bipasa
  • Dixon, Huw

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This paper develops a new class of homothetic preferences that generate Marshallian demand curves for individual goods which can be concave, convex or linear in own price under the assumption that agents treat aggregate price indices as given (as in Dixit-Stiglitz, 1977). The preferences are represented by a cost function that has two parameters: one determining the curvature of the Marshallian demand; the other determining the elasticity of demand when all prices are equal. The elasticity of demand varies with relative prices. Illustrative examples are given of Cournot duopoly and exchange rate pass-through. Copyright 2001 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Datta, Bipasa & Dixon, Huw, 2001. "Omega-Homothetic Preferences: Theory and Applications," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 48(2), pages 148-163, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:48:y:2001:i:2:p:148-63
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    1. Correa López, Mónica, 2003. "Extended linear-homothetic preferences and the Cournot-Bertrand profit differential," Economics Discussion Papers 8868, University of Essex, Department of Economics.
    2. Dixon, Huw & Pourpourides, Panayiotis M., 2016. "On imperfect competition with occasionally binding cash-in-advance constraints," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 72-85.
    3. M. Correa-López, 2006. "A model of unionized oligopoly in general equilibrium," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 0605, Economics, The University of Manchester.
    4. Bertoletti, Paolo, 2006. "Logarithmic quasi-homothetic preferences," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 90(3), pages 433-439, March.

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