Some Anomalies Arising from Bandwagons that Impart Upward Sloping Segments to Market Demand
In Gary Beckerâ€™s (1991) theory of bandwagon effects, a portion of market demand is positively sloped. In this, he ignores Harvey Leibensteinâ€™s (1950) hypothesis that market demands for bandwagon goods are everywhere negatively sloped (stemming from scarcity imposed constraints). A substantial literature now invokes Beckerâ€™s bandwagon, also ignoring Leibenstein. Two anomalies attend Beckerâ€™s bandwagon demand when it slopes upward: 1) straightforward parameterizations are inconsistent with the economic requirement that quantities demanded be non-negative; 2) regardless of parameterization, the comparative statics of Beckerâ€™s demand carry unworldly implications.
Volume (Year): 6 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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