Imported from Turkey in the late 1500s, tulips were a status symbol, so it is reasonable to assume that the beautiful and durable flowers took on the characteristics of a Veblen good
(we discussed Veblen goods
in A Digression on Diamonds) whereby higher prices spurred more demand and, therefore, higher prices.
Throughout the LP, Ojeda demonstrated his knack for empathetic collaborations with various vocalists, but the hook-laden earworms "Home" and "Summer," both featuring New York-based artist Veblen Good
, were stand-outs.
If every branded car is a Veblen good
- that is, something you want precisely because it is expensive, to flag to the world your ability to own it - then the Volvo is a peculiar inversion, the car you buy that looks less flash than it is, to show the world that you're not the kind of person who shows off what they've bought.
3D-printed may lose its status as a Veblen good
as scarcity requires
In a city where food items have turned into Veblen goods
(think P600 bags of salted egg potato chips), an P800 meal is cheap for conspicuous consumption.
In actuality, Veblen goods
account for only thirteen percent of all counterfeit products (Government, 2013).
If these are so-called Veblen goods
- those of which people consume more when the price rises - then this is one potential tax rise whereby the amount of tax raised increases by more than the implied increase in the tax rate.