Herbert J. Davenport on Conspicuous Consumption and the Economics of Feminism

Foresti, Tiziana and Fiorito, Luca. 2019. Herbert J. Davenport on Conspicuous Consumption and the Economics of Feminism. Journal of Economic Issues, 53(1), pp. 277-287. ISSN 0021-3624 [Article]

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This article analyzes Herbert J. Davenport’s discussions of conspicuous consumption and feminism. Even though these (typically) Veblenian topics represent two “episodes” in many respects disconnected with the central body of Davenport’s theoretical interests, the assessment of Davenport’s views on these matters enlarges our knowledge of the development of his thought. Our analysis shows how Davenport can be enrolled among the forerunners of the modern theory of positional goods. Moreover, our article offers some new findings on the impact of Veblen’s ideas on one of his closest students at the Chicago University.

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JEL Classification Codes: B1, B31


Davenport, conspicuous consumption, positional goods, feminism

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Institute of Management Studies


7 March 2019Published

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13 Sep 2019 12:59

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13 Sep 2019 16:51

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