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A note on fashion cycles, novelty and conformity

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  • Federica Alberti

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We develop a model in which novelty and conformity motivate fashion behavior.Fashion cycles occur if conformity is not too high. The duration of fashion cycles depends on individual-specific conformity, novelty, and the number of available styles. The use of individual-specific novelty and conformity allows us to also identify fashion leaders.

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  • Federica Alberti, 2013. "A note on fashion cycles, novelty and conformity," Jena Economic Research Papers 2013-019, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2013-019
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    Keywords

    Novelty; Conformity; Fashion;

    JEL classification:

    • B5 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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