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Consommer plus ou consommer plus que les autres ?. Une analyse empirique des biens de position


  • Gilles Grolleau
  • Tarik Lakhal
  • Naoufel Mzoughi


Based on Solnick and Hemenway [1998], we empirically investigate the inter-dependence of utility functions using French data. Our estimations partially confirm the results of Solnick and Hemenway. We show that (1) relative position matters, (2) positional concerns differ among domains, (3) goods are more positional than bads, and (4) position matters more when choosing for one’s child than when choosing for oneself. Moreover, the home country is likely to influence positional concerns and their ranking. Classification JEL : C9, D0, D1.

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  • Gilles Grolleau & Tarik Lakhal & Naoufel Mzoughi, 2008. "Consommer plus ou consommer plus que les autres ?. Une analyse empirique des biens de position," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 59(4), pages 701-717.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_594_0701

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    1. Celse, Jérémy & Galia, Fabrice & Max, Sylvain, 2017. "Are (negative) emotions to blame for being positional? An experimental investigation of the impact of emotional states on status preferences," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 122-130.
    2. Jérémy Celse, 2009. "Will Joe the Plumber envy Bill Gates? The impact of both absolute and relative differences on interdependent preferences," Working Papers 09-26, LAMETA, Universitiy of Montpellier, revised Dec 2009.

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    JEL classification:

    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior


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