Harriger, Jessica and Khanna, Neha and Pape, Andreas (2010): Conspicuous Consumption and Inequality.
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We analyze the change in consumer demand following a mean preserving change in consumption inequality when there is conspicuous consumption. We model interdependent preferences including “keeping up with the Joneses” (imitating others) and “running away from the Joneses” (distinguishing oneself from others) with multiple peer groups and peer group effects (envy and snob effects). An individual not directly involved in the redistribution increases consumption of the more conspicuous good when she demonstrates i) ‘keeping up’ and a relatively stronger envy effect, or ii) ‘running away’ and a relatively stronger snob effect. Behaviors generated by existing models emerge as special cases.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Conspicuous Consumption and Inequality|
|Keywords:||Conspicuousness; peer group effects; keeping up with the Joneses; status signaling; envy; snob|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D11 - Consumer Economics: Theory
D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
|Depositing User:||Neha Khanna|
|Date Deposited:||11. Sep 2010 10:06|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 20:09|
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