Noncooperative Household Consumption with Caring

38 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2011

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L. Cherchye

KU Leuven; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Thomas Demuynck

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Campus Kortrijk (KULAK) - Subfaculty of Economics and Applied Economics

Bram De Rock

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

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Date Written: December 2010

Abstract

We present a household consumption model that accounts for caring household members, while allowing for noncooperative behavior in decisions on public goods. The intrahousehold consumption outcome critically depends on the degree of caring between the household members. By varying the degree of intrahousehold caring, the model encompasses a whole continuum of household consumption models that are situated between the fully cooperative model and the noncooperative model without caring. This feature is used to define a measure for the degree of cooperation within the household. We also establish a dual characterization of our noncooperative model with caring preferences: we show that the model is dually equivalent to a noncooperative model with non-caring preferences that is characterized by intrahousehold transfers. Finally, following a revealed preference approach, we derive testable implications of the model for empirical data. We demonstrate the practical usefulness of the model through an illustrative application.

Keywords: household consumption, caring preferences, intrahousehold cooperation, revealed preferences

JEL Classification: D11, D12, D13, C14

Suggested Citation

Cherchye, Laurens and Demuynck, Thomas and De Rock, Bram, Noncooperative Household Consumption with Caring (December 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1740367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1740367

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Thomas Demuynck

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Campus Kortrijk (KULAK) - Subfaculty of Economics and Applied Economics ( email )

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Bram De Rock

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) ( email )

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Brussels, B-1050
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