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Comparative Statics with Concave and Supermodular Functions


  • John K.-H. Quah


Certain problems in comparative statics, including (but not exclusively) certain problems in consumer theory, cannot be easily addressed by the methods of lattice programming. One reason for this is that there is no order on the choice space which orders choices in a way which conforms with the comparison desired, and which also orders constraint sets in the strong set order it induces. The objective of this paper is to show how lattice progamming theory can be extended to deal with situations like these. We show that the interaction of concavity and supermodularity in objective or constraint functions yield a structure that is very useful for comparative statics.

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  • John K.-H. Quah, 2004. "Comparative Statics with Concave and Supermodular Functions," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 358, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:nasm04:358

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    1. Mas-Colell,Andreu, 1990. "The Theory of General Economic Equilibrium," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521388702, March.
    2. Milgrom, Paul & Shannon, Chris, 1994. "Monotone Comparative Statics," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 62(1), pages 157-180, January.
    3. Quah, John K. -H., 2003. "Market demand and comparative statics when goods are normal," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(3-4), pages 317-333, June.
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    1. Elena Antoniadou, 2007. "Comparative Statics for the Consumer Problem," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 31(1), pages 189-203, April.

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    lattices; concavity; supermodularity; comparative statics; demand; normality;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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