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Single Peakedness and Giffen Demand

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  • Massimiliano Landi

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I provide a simple example of a single peaked utility function that generates a Giffen demand. The utility function is smooth, non piecewise defined, strictly concave but not globally increasing. A full characterization of the parameter conditions under which the Giffen demand arises is provided. In addition the properties of the demand function are studied: I find that the inferior commodity with a Giffen demand must be cheaper relatively to a substitue and that Giffen demand arises at relatively low levels of income. However it is not required that the share of income spent on that commodity be large.

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  • Massimiliano Landi, 2012. "Single Peakedness and Giffen Demand," Working Papers 02-2012, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:02-2012
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    Keywords

    Giffen behavior; Utility function; Single peakedness; Expenditure share.;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory

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