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Welfare Equivalent NNP and Habit Formation

  • Aronsson, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

  • Löfgren, Karl-Gustaf

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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    This note concerns the importance of habit formation for social accounting. With internal habit formation, earlier procedures for welfare measurement in the first best apply with minor modifications. This result strengthens the idea behind using the comprehensive net national product as a welfare indicator. If, on the other hand, part of the habit formation is exogenous to each consumer, the exact welfare measure will also reflect the associated external effect.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 680.

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    Length: 7 pages
    Date of creation: 10 Apr 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0680
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    1. Raquel Carrasco & José M. Labeaga & J. David López-Salido, 2005. "Consumption and Habits: Evidence from Panel Data," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 115(500), pages 144-165, 01.
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