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The Characteristics Model, Hedonic Prices, and the Clientele Effect

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In this paper, the characteristics model of Kelvin Lancaster is reconsidered. It is shown by example that equili brium prices need not be linearly decomposable. It does follow that e quilibrium prices must be a convex function of characteristics, howev er. Further, it is shown that this fact holds independent of the form of firm competition (e.g., perfect or monopolistic). Finally, the pr edictions of the theory are discussed in the context of two empirical examples. Copyright 1988 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Jones, Larry E, 1988. "The Characteristics Model, Hedonic Prices, and the Clientele Effect," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 96(3), pages 551-567, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:96:y:1988:i:3:p:551-67
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    3. Feenstra, Robert C, 1995. "Exact Hedonic Price Indexes," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 77(4), pages 634-653, November.
    4. Feenstra, R.C. & Levinsohn, J.A., 1989. "Distance, Demand, And Oligopoly Pricing," Working Papers 245, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
    5. Munger, Michael C., 2011. "Persuasion, psychology and public choice," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 80(2), pages 290-300.
    6. Linwood H. Pendleton & J. Scott Shonkwiler, 2001. "Valuing Bundled Attributes: A Latent Characteristics Approach," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 77(1), pages 118-129.
    7. Beckhusen, Julia & Mullen, Jeffrey D., 2006. "A Modern Application of Hedonics for Valuing Irrigation," 2006 Annual meeting, July 23-26, Long Beach, CA 21189, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    8. Steven Buccola, 2000. "Material And Value-Adding Inputs In Manufacturing Enterprises," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 231-247, May.
    9. Arguea, Nestor M. & Hsiao, Cheng, 2000. "Market Values of Environmental Amenities: A Latent Variable Approach," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(1-2), pages 104-126, March.

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