Revealed preferene tests of collectively rational consumption behavior: formulations and algorithms

Fabrice Talla Nobibon, Laurens Cherchye, Yves Crama, Thomas Demuynck, Bram de Rock, F.C.R. Spieksma

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on revealed preference tests of the collective model of household consumption. We start by showing that the decision problems corresponding to testing collective rationality are NP-complete. This makes the application of these tests problematic for (increasingly available) large(r)-scale data sets. We then present two approaches to overcome this negative result. First, we introduce exact algorithms based on mixed-integer programming (MIP) formulations of the collective rationality tests, which can be usefully applied to medium-sized data sets. Next, we propose simulated annealing heuristics, which allow for efficient testing of the collective model in the case of large data sets. We illustrate our methods by a number of computational experiments based on Dutch labor supply data.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1197-1216
    Number of pages20
    JournalOperations Research
    Volume64
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • revealed preference axioms
    • rationality
    • mixed-integer programming
    • global optimization
    • simulated annealing
    • EFFICIENT INTRAHOUSEHOLD ALLOCATIONS
    • COMPUTATIONAL-COMPLEXITY
    • GLOBAL OPTIMIZATION
    • EMPIRICAL TESTS
    • HOUSEHOLD
    • MODELS
    • GAMES
    • IDENTIFICATION
    • EQUILIBRIUM
    • UNITARY

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    Nobibon, F. T., Cherchye, L., Crama, Y., Demuynck, T., de Rock, B., & Spieksma, F. C. R. (2016). Revealed preferene tests of collectively rational consumption behavior: formulations and algorithms. Operations Research, 64(6), 1197-1216. https://doi.org/10.1287/opre.2016.1527