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New Insights into the Theory of Giffen Goods

  • Wim Heijman
  • Pierre von Mouche

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 655)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Wim Heijman, Pierre von Mouche
    Pages 1-4
  3. Pierre von Mouche, Willem Pijnappel
    Pages 39-52
  4. Herman O. A. Wold
    Pages 89-96
  5. Peter Norman Sørensen
    Pages 97-104
  6. Junko Doi, Kazumichi Iwasa, Koji Shimomura
    Pages 105-126
  7. Rodney J. Garratt
    Pages 161-171

About this book


One might expect that after their identification in the 19th century, all aspects of Giffen goods would have been studied by now. This appears not to be the case. This book contains the latest insights into the theory of Giffen goods. In the past, surprisingly few goods could be categorized as “Giffen.” This may be because of a lack of understanding of the character of these goods. Therefore, the theories explained in this book may also produce a solid basis for further empirical research in the field. Experts throughout the world have contributed to this book, which predominantly pursues a mathematically rigorous approach. It may be used by researchers in the field of fundamental economics and in graduate-level courses in advanced microeconomics.


Giffen Goods Indirect Utility Functions Lotteries Non-decreasing Demand Functions Optimization Methods

Editors and affiliations

  • Wim Heijman
    • 1
  • Pierre von Mouche
    • 2
  1. 1., Social SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands
  2. 2., Social SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

About the editors

Wim Heijman (1953) received MSc degrees respectively in Economics and Human Geography from Tilburg University and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He received his PhD degree from Wageningen University. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Regional Economics at the latter university. He is also teaching micro- and macro subjects in undergraduate and graduate courses. Pierre von Mouche (1959) studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Nijmegen. He received his PhD from the University of Utrecht under the supervision of Hans Duistermaat. Since 1989 he helds a position in economics at Wageningen University. His scientific interest concerns in particular mathematical economics.

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