Positional Goods: A Diagrammatic Exposition
Università della Svizzera italiana
October 1, 2009
Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia Politica No. 575
Positional goods and public goods share the characteristic of “publicness” in terms of consumption; i.e., given the consumption of one party, in the case of a positional good, the other must consume a corresponding negative amount of what the first party consumes, while in the case of public good, the other must consume a corresponding positive amount. Hence, we can offer a diagrammatic illustration for positional goods that is similar to the Samuelsonian one for public goods.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: Positional Good, Externality, Market Failure
JEL Classification: D52, D61, D62
Date posted: November 21, 2009 ; Last revised: July 23, 2014
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