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Theory of negative consumption externalities with applications to the economics of happiness

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  • Guoqiang Tian

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  • Liyan Yang

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  • Guoqiang Tian & Liyan Yang, 2009. "Theory of negative consumption externalities with applications to the economics of happiness," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 39(3), pages 399-424, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:39:y:2009:i:3:p:399-424
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-008-0342-z
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    1. John Chipman & Guoqiang Tian, 2012. "Detrimental externalities, pollution rights, and the “Coase theorem”," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 49(2), pages 309-327, February.
    2. Finn Christensen, 2014. "Comparative Statics, Stability, and Uniqueness," Working Papers 2014-02, Towson University, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2015.

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    Keywords

    Negative consumption externalities; Pareto efficiency; Happiness economics; D61; D62; H23;

    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies

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