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Testing the Stability of Preferences: A Nonparametric Approach

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  • Sakong, Yong
  • Hayes, Dermot J.

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A test for preference stability is developed that strengthens existing nonparametric procedures. The test uses indifference curve convexity to restrict (unobservable) compensated consumption bundles. Adding up, noninferiority, and the Slutsky equation are used to limit the range of these compensated consumption bundles. A program is proposed that simultaneously measures the changes in consumption quantities satisfying the theoretical restrictions and the expenditure elasticities minimizing the required changes. The program is applied to meat consumption data and is shown to be capable of detecting small changes in preference.

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  • Sakong, Yong & Hayes, Dermot J., 1993. "Testing the Stability of Preferences: A Nonparametric Approach," Staff General Research Papers Archive 558, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:558
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    5. Jin, Hyun Joung & Sun, Changyou & Koo, Won W., 2003. "The Effect Of Food-Safety Related Information On Consumer Preference: The Case Of The Bse Outbreak In Japan," Agribusiness & Applied Economics Report 23636, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
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    7. San Miguel, Fernando & Ryan, Mandy & Scott, Anthony, 2002. "Are preferences stable? The case of health care," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 1-14, May.
    8. Rafael Cortez & Ben Senauer, 1996. "Taste Changes in the Demand for Food by Demographic Groups in the United States: A Nonparametric Empirical Analysis," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 78(2), pages 280-289.
    9. Frechette, Darren L. & Jin, Hyun-Joung, 2002. "Distinguishing transitory nonlinear shocks from permanent structural change," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 231-248, June.
    10. Chalfant, James A. & Eshel, Dafna M. Disegni, 2001. "A Nonparametric Test Of Advertising'S Effectiveness," 2001 Annual meeting, August 5-8, Chicago, IL 20529, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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