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Conspicuous Consumption, Social Status and Measures of Poverty – An Example

Marjit, Sugata and Mandal, Biswajit (2011): Conspicuous Consumption, Social Status and Measures of Poverty – An Example.

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Abstract

The existing literature on poverty has discussed about the conflict between income-based measure and nutrition-based measure. However, the role of social inequality in influencing individual’s consumption and inducing greater consumption of the so called status good has been relatively undermined. This paper attempts to show that in presence of inequality a status driven utility function reconciles the conflict between income based and nutrition based measures of poverty.

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