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Is utility transferable? a revealed preference analysis

  • Cherchye, Laurens

    ()

    (Center for Economic Studies, University of Leuven)

  • Demuynck, Thomas

    ()

    (Department of Economics, University of Maastricht)

  • De Rock, Bram

    ()

    (Ecares, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

The transferable utility hypothesis underlies important theoretical results in household economics. We provide a revealed preference framework for bringing this (theoretically appealing) hypothesis to observational data. We establish revealed preference conditions that must be satisfied for observed household consumption behavior to be consistent with transferable utility. We also show that these conditions are testable by means of integer programming methods.

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Volume (Year): 10 (2015)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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