The econometric modelling of aggregate consumer behaviour


McKenzie, G.W. and Thomas, S. (1984) The econometric modelling of aggregate consumer behaviour. European Economic Review, 25, (3), 355-372. (doi:10.1016/0014-2921(84)90051-5).

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This paper examines several problems involved in modelling the structure of consumer behaviour. A new model of consumer demand is presented which encompasses the indirect translog, the CES and the LES as special cases, enabling nested comparisons to be made. Within this framework we show that acceptance of zero-degree homogeneity and/or symmetry of the Slutsky matrix is heavily dependent upon the structure within which inferential tests are carried out, and that great care must be utilised in formulating nested hypotheses and drawing inferences on the basis of χ2 and F-statistics. We then show that conventional econometric work implies that consumer preferences must be homothetic if symmetry of the Slutsky matrix is imposed. An alternative procedure is suggested and utilised. Finally, we suggest that low Durbin–Watson statistics may arise from misspecification of functional form and may not be due solely to omitted dynamics, as many conjecture.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0014-2921 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 37397
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37397

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