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A joint reading of positional and relational goods

  • Fiorito, Luca Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italia
  • Vatiero, Massimiliano Istituto di economia politica (IdEP), Facoltà di scienze economiche, Università della Svizzera italiana, Svizzera
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  • Economia politica : Journal of analytical and institutional economics. - Il Mulino. - 2013, vol. 1, p. 87-96
English Both relational and positional goods are based upon an idea of joint consumption - though with opposite signs. Indeed, in both cases, individuals' consumption choices take into account not only the individuals themselves, but others, as well. Given that relational goods provide a form of identity to their consumers, we show that a certain degree of positionality emerges within the consumption of relational goods. Analogously, except in a two-agent context, each positional good also has a relational component. What emerges is a complex structure of economic outcomes based on both relational and positional motives.
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