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dc.contributor.authorUlph, David Tregear
dc.contributor.authorDasgupta, Partha
dc.contributor.authorSoutherton, Dale
dc.contributor.authorUlph, Alistair
dc.identifier.citationUlph , D T , Dasgupta , P , Southerton , D & Ulph , A 2014 ' Consumer behaviour in a social context : implications for environmental policy ' School of Economics & Finance Discussion Paper , no. 1407 , University of St Andrews , pp. 1-36 .en
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-3171-1270/work/59464511
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we summarise some of our recent work on consumer behaviour, drawing on recent developments in behavioural economics, in which consumers are embedded in a social context, so their behaviour is shaped by their interactions with other consumers. For the purpose of this paper we also allow consumption to cause environmental damage. Analysing the social context of consumption naturally lends itself to the use of game theoretic tools, and indicates that we seek to develop links between economics and sociology rather than economics and psychology, which has been the more predominant field for work in behavioural economics. We shall be concerned with three sets of issues: conspicuous consumption, consumption norms and altruistic behaviour. Our aim is to show that building links between sociological and economic approaches to the study of consumer behaviour can lead to significant and surprising implications for conventional economic policy prescriptions, especially with respect to environmental policy.
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSchool of Economics & Finance Discussion Paperen
dc.subjectConsumer behaviouren
dc.subjectSocial contexten
dc.subjectCompetitive consumptionen
dc.subjectConsumption normsen
dc.subjectKantian calculusen
dc.subjectenvironmental policyen
dc.subjectgame theoryen
dc.subjectmoral behaviouren
dc.subjectHB Economic Theoryen
dc.subjectSDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Productionen
dc.titleConsumer behaviour in a social context : implications for environmental policyen
dc.typeWorking or discussion paperen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Economics and Financeen

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