Both relational and positional goods are based upon an idea of joint consumption - though with opposite signs. Indeed, in both cases, individuals' consumption choices take into account not only the individuals themselves, but others, as well. Given that relational goods provide a form of identity to their consumers, we show that a certain degree of positionality emerges within the consumption of relational goods. Analogously, except in a two-agent context, each positional good also has a relational component. What emerges is a complex structure of economic outcomes based on both relational and positional motives.

Fiorito, L., & Vatiero, M. (2013). A joint reading of positional and relational goods. ECONOMIA POLITICA, 30(1), 87-96 [10.1428/73101].

A joint reading of positional and relational goods

FIORITO, Luca;
2013

Abstract

Both relational and positional goods are based upon an idea of joint consumption - though with opposite signs. Indeed, in both cases, individuals' consumption choices take into account not only the individuals themselves, but others, as well. Given that relational goods provide a form of identity to their consumers, we show that a certain degree of positionality emerges within the consumption of relational goods. Analogously, except in a two-agent context, each positional good also has a relational component. What emerges is a complex structure of economic outcomes based on both relational and positional motives.
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Fiorito, L., & Vatiero, M. (2013). A joint reading of positional and relational goods. ECONOMIA POLITICA, 30(1), 87-96 [10.1428/73101].
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