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Positional Goods: A Diagrammatic Exposition

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  • Massimiliano Vatiero

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Positional good shares with public good the non-private characteristic of consumption: for a positional good, given the consumption choice of one party, the other(s) must consume a corresponding negative amount of what the first party chooses to consume. Therefore, we treat positional good in a diagrammatic illustration similar to the Samuelsonian criteria for the public good. The aim of this work is to introduce the implications for this in terms of Pareto efficiency

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  • Massimiliano Vatiero, 2009. "Positional Goods: A Diagrammatic Exposition," Department of Economics University of Siena 575, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    1. Green, Jerry & Laffont, Jean-Jacques, 1977. "Characterization of Satisfactory Mechanisms for the Revelation of Preferences for Public Goods," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 45(2), pages 427-438, March.
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    Positional Good; Externality;

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    • D52 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Incomplete Markets
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities

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