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Market Demand

Theory and Empirical Evidence. Frontiers of Economic Research

By (author) Werner Hildenbrand
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 30th Jan 1994
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 32mm
Weight: 485g
ISBN-10: 0691034281
ISBN-13: 9780691034287
Barcode No: 9780691034287
This monograph presents a new theory of market demand, the principal aim of which is to identify the conditions under which the Law of Demand holds true. The author argues that the Law of Demand is due mainly to the "heterogeneity" of the population of households. In his view, "rationality" of individual behaviour plays only a minor role. While the traditional approach to the theory of market demand is to analyze the question: to what extent are the postulated properties of individual behaviour preserved by going from individual to market demand?, this book asks the question: which properties of the market demand function are created by the aggregation process? Two hypotheses on the population of households play a key role in Hildenbrand's thinking. The first is the "increasing dispersion" and the second the "increasing spread" of households' demand. For a positive theory of market demand, according to Hildenbrand, it is more important that the hypotheses are well supported by empirical evidence. His claims are based on a nonparametric statistical data analysis of the UK Family Expenditure Survey and the French Enquete Budget de Famille.

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