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Title: Household consumption when the marriage is stable
Authors: Cherchye, Laurens
Demuynck, Thomas
De Rock, Bram
Vermeulen, Frederic
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Publisher: KU Leuven CES
Series Title: CES - Discussion paper series, DPS14.08 pages:1-27
Abstract: We develop a novel framework to analyze the structural implications of the marriage market for household consumption patterns. We start by defining a revealed preference characterization of efficient household consumption when the marriage is stable. In particular, stability means that the marriage matching is individually rational and has no blocking pairs. We show that this revealed preference characterization generates testable conditions even if there is only a single consumption observation per household and individual preferences are heterogeneous across households. In addition, the characterization allows for identifying the intrahousehold decision structure (including the sharing rule) under the same minimalistic assumptions. An application to Dutch household data demonstrates the empirical usefulness of our theoretical results.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IR
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Economics and Business, Leuven - miscellaneous
Mathematics, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
Mathematics - miscellaneous
Research Center of Public Economics, Leuven
Faculty of Business and Economics, Campus Kulak Kortrijk – miscellaneous

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