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Household behavior and individual autonomy: A Lindahl approach


  • Claude d’Aspremont
  • Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira


A comprehensive model of economic household decision is presented which incorporates both fully cooperative and fully non-cooperative variants, parameterized by the income distribution, as well as a semi-cooperative variant, parameterized in addition by a vector B, representing the degrees of individual autonomy. In this comprehensive model, the concept of "household B-equilibrium" is introduced through the reformulation of the Lindahl equilibrium in strategic terms. Existence is proved and some generic properties of the household B-equilibrium derived. An example is given to illustrate. Finally a particular decomposition of the pseudo-Slutsky matrix is derived and the testability of the various models discussed.

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  • Claude d’Aspremont & Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira, 2011. "Household behavior and individual autonomy: A Lindahl approach," Working Papers of BETA 2011-19, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:ulp:sbbeta:2011-19

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    Intra-household allocation; household financial management; degree of autonomy; Lindahl prices; local income pooling; separate spheres.;

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    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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