When Inefficiency Begets Efficiency

Gersbach, Hans and Haller, Hans (March 2003) When Inefficiency Begets Efficiency. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Economics Series 128


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Abstract: Collective consumption decisions taken by the members of a household may prove inefficient. The impact of such inefficient household decisions on market performance is investigated. At one extreme, market efficiency can occur even when household decisions are inefficient, namely when household inefficiencies are merely due to inefficient net trades with the market. At the other extreme, market efficiency is bound to fail, if household inefficiencies are solely caused by an inefficientdistribution of a household's aggregate consumption to its individual members. This leads us to consider competitive forces as a disciplinary device for households. When households compete for both resources and members then household stability requires efficient or not too inefficient internal distribution.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Allocative efficiency' 'General equilibrium' 'Household behavior'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): D11, D51, D61
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 16:19
ISBN: 1605-7996
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1476

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