Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: Jan, 1974, Volume 42, Issue 1

Quality, Commodity Hierarchies, and Housing Markets<147:QCHAHM>2.0.CO;2-J
p. 147-168

James L. Sweeney

This paper presents an axiomatic characterization of commodities for which the consumer faces a choice of quality rather than a choice of quantity. Properties of individual and market demand functions for commodities of differing quality levels are derived. Properties of comparative static price changes in response to supply changes at one or more quality levels are also developed. The analysis is then applied to price changes in housing markets.

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