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Welfare analysis using nonseparable models

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  • Stefan Hoderlein

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Boston College)

  • Anne Vanhems

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Toulouse Business School)

Abstract

This paper proposes a framework to model empirically welfare effects that are associated with a price change in a population of heterogeneous consumers. Individual demands are characterized by a nonseparable model which is nonparametric in the regressors, as well as monotonic in unobserved heterogeneity. In this setup, we first provide and discuss conditions under which the heterogeneous welfare effects are identified, and establish constructive identification. We then propose a sample counterpart estimator, and analyze its large sample properties. For both identification and estimation, we distinguish between the cases when regressors are exogenous and when they are endogenous. Finally, we apply all concepts to measuring the heterogeneous effect of a chance of gasoline price using US consumer data and find very substantial differences in individual effects.

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  • Stefan Hoderlein & Anne Vanhems, 2011. "Welfare analysis using nonseparable models," CeMMAP working papers CWP01/11, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:cemmap:01/11
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    2. Arthur Lewbel & Krishna Pendakur, 2017. "Unobserved Preference Heterogeneity in Demand Using Generalized Random Coefficients," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 125(4), pages 1100-1148.
    3. Debopam Bhattacharya, 2015. "Nonparametric Welfare Analysis for Discrete Choice," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 83, pages 617-649, March.
    4. Jerry Hausman & Whitney K. Newey, 2013. "Individual heterogeneity and average welfare," CeMMAP working papers CWP34/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    5. Richard Blundell & Joel L. Horowitz & Matthias Parey, 2013. "Nonparametric estimation of a heterogeneous demand function under the Slutsky inequality restriction," CeMMAP working papers CWP54/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    6. Jerry Hausman & Whitney K. Newey, 2014. "Individual Heterogeneity and Average Welfare," CeMMAP working papers CWP42/14, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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    welfare; benefits;

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