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Compensated Variation in Random Utility Models

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In this paper we introduce the notion of random expenditure function and derive the distribution of the expenditure function and corresponding compensated choice probabilities in the general case when the (random) utilities are nonlinear in income. We also derive formulae for expenditure and choice under price (policy) changes conditional on the initial utility level. This is of particular interest for welfare measurement because it enables the researcher to analyze the distribution of Compensating variation.

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  • John K. Dagsvik, 2001. "Compensated Variation in Random Utility Models," Discussion Papers 299, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
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    1. Anders Karlström & Mårten Palme & Ingemar Svensson, 2011. "Assessing the welfare change from a pension reform," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 18(6), pages 634-657, December.
    2. Richard Batley, 2008. "On Ordinal Utility, Cardinal Utility and Random Utility," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 64(1), pages 37-63, February.

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    Keywords

    Random expenditure function; Compensated choice probabilities; Compensating variation.;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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