Veblen effect


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Veblen effect

a theory of CONSUMPTION that suggests that consumers may have an UPWARD-SLOPING DEMAND CURVE as opposed to a downward-sloping DEMAND CURVE because they practice CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION. A downward-sloping demand curve implies that the quantity demanded of a particular good varies inversely with its price (as price increases, quantity demanded falls). The Veblen effect suggests that quantity demanded of a particular good varies directly with a change in price (as price increases, demand increases). See also VEBLEN, INCOME EFFECT, ENGELS LAW.