Revealed preference analysis of characteristics models
Martin Browning and
Ian Crawford ()
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Laura Blow: Institute for Fiscal Studies, London
No 2005-04, CAM Working Papers from University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics
Characteristics models have been found to be useful in many areas of economics. However, their empirical implementation tends to rely heavily on functional form assumptions. In this paper we develop a revealed preference approach to characteristics models. We derive the necessary and sufficient empirical conditions under which data on the market behaviour of heterogeneous, price-taking consumers are nonparametrically consistent with the consumer characteristics model. Where these conditions hold, we show how information may be recovered on individual consumer's marginal valuations of product attributes. In some cases marginal valuations are point identified and in other cases we can only recover bounds. Where the conditions fail we highlight the role which the introduction of unobserved product attributes can play in rationalising the data. We implement these ideas using consumer panel data on the Danish milk market.
Keywords: product characteristics; revealed preference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C43 D11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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