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Noncooperative Household Consumption with Caring

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  • Cherchye, L.J.H.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Demuynck, T.
  • de Rock, B.

Abstract

We present a household consumption model that accounts for caring house- hold members, while allowing for noncooperative behavior in decisions on pub- lic goods. The intrahousehold consumption outcome critically depends on the degree of caring between the household members. By varying the degree of in- trahousehold caring, the model encompasses a whole continuum of household consumption models that are situated between the fully cooperative model and the noncooperative model without caring. This feature is used to define a measure for the degree of cooperation within the household. We also establish a dual characterization of our noncooperative model with caring preferences: we show that the model is dually equivalent to a noncooperative model with non-caring preferences that is characterized by intrahousehold transfers. Fi- nally, following a revealed preference approach, we derive testable implications of the model for empirical data. We demonstrate the practical usefulness of the model through an illustrative application.

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  • Cherchye, L.J.H. & Demuynck, T. & de Rock, B., 2011. "Noncooperative Household Consumption with Caring," Discussion Paper 2011-019, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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    household consumption; caring preferences; intrahousehold coop- eration; Nash equilibrium; revealed preferences;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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