The Behavioral and Welfare Analysis of Consumption

The Cost of Children, Equity and Poverty in Colombia

Authors: Perali, Federico

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The motive force of human activity that propels the stream of progress is here caught at its source, in its most modest, material expressions. The mechanism of the passions acting as determinant in these low spheres is less complex and can therefore be observed with greater precision. All one need do is leave the picture its clear, calm colors and its simple design. Gradually, as that search for material well-being by which man is tormented grows and expand, it also tends to rise and pursue an ascendant course thorough the social classes. In 'I Malavoglia' it is still only the struggle for material needs. Once these needs are satisfied, the search turns into greed for riches and will be embedded in a bourgeois type . . . Giovanni Verga, from the Introduction to The House by the Medlar Tree (I Malavoglia) Motivation In the past decade, many less developed countries have undertaken structural adjustment programs with the hope of breaking the vicious circle of the depression that enveloped them during the 1980s and of loosening the suffocating grip of the debt crisis. Nearly always, macroeconomic stabilization implies a reduction of public spending and, consequently, a reduction of subsidies on wage goods and food production. Other macro policies, such as tariff elimination and exchange rates alignment, alter relative prices and may have significant effects on the level and distribution of income. Today, poverty and inequality are perceived as economic threats as a result of globalization and unbalanced market expansion.

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Federico Perali is a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Verona, where he teaches Political Economy, Development Economics and Welfare Economics. He is also a founding member of the Center for Household, Income, Labor and Demographic Economics - CHILD, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, FAO, Unicef, the Italian Poverty Commission and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • A Demographically Modified Demand Model: Behavioral and Welfare Properties

    Perali, Federico

    Pages 3-39

  • Demographics and Quality: Household Production Theory and the “Repackaging Model” Revisited

    Perali, Federico

    Pages 41-60

  • Household Equivalence Scales and Interpersonal Comparisons

    Perali, Federico

    Pages 61-105

  • Estimation of a Censored Demand System

    Perali, Federico

    Pages 109-140

  • Indexes of Characteristics: Income and Substitution Effects

    Perali, Federico

    Pages 141-151

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Behavioral and Welfare Analysis of Consumption
Book Subtitle
The Cost of Children, Equity and Poverty in Colombia
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-3729-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-3729-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7518-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5374-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 380
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