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Estimating Consumption Economies of Scale, Adult Equivalence Scales, and Household Bargaining Power

  • Martin Browning

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Pierre-André Chiappori

    (Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

  • Arthur Lewbel

    (Department of Economics, Boston College)

How much income would a woman living alone require to attain the same standard of living that she would have if she were married? What percentage of a married couple’s expenditures are controlled by the husband? How much money does a couple save on consumption goods by living together versus living apart? We propose and estimate a collective model of household behavior that permits identification and estimation of concepts such as these. We model households in terms of the utility functions of its members, a bargaining or social welfare function, and a consumption technology function. We demonstrate generic nonparametric identification of the model, and hence of equivalence scales, consumption economies of scale, household members’ bargaining power and other related concepts.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics in its series CAM Working Papers with number 2003-12.

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Length: 49 pages
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Date of revision: Dec 2003
Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieca:2003_12
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