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The Socioeconomics of Consumption: Solutions to the Problems of Interest, Knowledge, and Identity

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This paper is a review of the socio-economic literature on consumption. Considering consumption as a social activity, it examines how consumption solves the problems of interest, knowledge, and identity. It also discusses the main themes and important contributions in each category and offers suggestions for further research.

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  • Metin Cosgel, 2005. "The Socioeconomics of Consumption: Solutions to the Problems of Interest, Knowledge, and Identity," Working papers 2005-46, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2005-46
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    1. Joshua Frank, 2007. "Meat as a bad habit: A case for positive feedback in consumption preferences leading to lock-in," Review of Social Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 65(3), pages 319-348.

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    Keywords

    consumption; socio-economics; interest; knowledge; identity;
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    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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