collective models of the household

Olivier Donni
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Collective models of the household are based on two fundamental assumptions: (a) each agent is characterized by specific preferences and (b) the decision process results in Pareto-efficient outcomes. The main results of the theory of collective models then refer to the empirical issue of deriving testable restrictions on household behaviour and recovering from this some information on the structural model that can be used to carry out welfare comparisons at the individual level.
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Donni, Olivier. "collective models of the household." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 19 January 2018 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0264

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