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Title: Opening the black box of intra-household decision-making: theory and non-parametric empirical tests of general collective consumption models
Authors: Cherchye, Laurens ×
De Rock, Bram
Vermeulen, Frederic #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Series Title: Journal of Political Economy vol:117 issue:6 pages:1074-1104
Abstract: We provide “revealed preference” tests of general collective consumption models that account for public consumption and externalities within the household. We further propose a novel approach to model special cases of this model, which imply alternative assumptions regarding the sharing rule. Our application uses the panel data from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey. We find that the general model, together with a large class of special cases, cannot be rejected. By contrast, we do reject the standard unitary model. Since our tests are entirely nonparametric, this provides strong evidence in favor of models focusing on intrahousehold decision making.
ISSN: 0022-3808
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven
Department of Economics, Leuven - miscellaneous
Mathematics, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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