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WELFARE IMPLICATIONS OF THE INTERACTION BETWEEN HABITS AND CONSUMPTION EXTERNALITIES

Jaime Alonso-Carrera (), Jordi Caballe () and Xavier Raurich ()

International Economic Review, 2006, vol. 47, issue 2, 557-571

Abstract: We analyze the welfare properties of the equilibrium path of a growth model where both habits and consumption externalities affect the utility of consumers. Our analysis highlights the crucial role played by complementarities between externalities and habits in order to generate an inefficient dynamic equilibrium. In particular, we show that the competitive equilibrium is inefficient when consumption externalities and habit-adjusted consumption are not perfect substitutes. Copyright 2006 by the Economics Department Of The University Of Pennsylvania And Osaka University Institute Of Social And Economic Research Association.

Date: 2006
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