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Rationalizing and Curve-Fitting Demand Data with Quasilinear Utilities

In the empirical and theoretical literature a consumer's utility function is often assumed to be quasilinear. In this paper we provide necessary and sufficient conditions for testing if the consumer acts as if she is maximizing a quasilinear utility function over her budget set. If the consumer's choices are inconsistent with maximizing a quasilinear utility function over her budget set, then we compute the "best" quasilinear rationalization of her choices.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1399R.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2003
Date of revision: Jul 2004
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1399r
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