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Monday 12 March 2007


Raphaël Dépinoy (EconomiX)

The Economic representation of Consumption Three attempts to integrate the social and moral bond : Adam Smith, Gabriel Tarde and Thorstein Veblen.

monday, 12th of mars 2007 - 14h
Université Paris X Nanterre,
salle Paul Ricoeur (B016),
au rez-de-chaussée du bâtiment B.

Jury :

  • M. Christian Arnsperger, Maître de recherche au FNRS (Belgique), Université de Louvain, pré-rapporteur
  • M. Arnaud Berthoud, Professeur émérite à l'Université de Lille I, directeur de thèse
  • M. Daniel Diatkine, Professeur à l'Université d'Evry
  • M. Philippe Steiner, Professeur à l'Université de Lille III
  • Mme Isabelle This Saint-Jean, Professeur à l'Université du Littoral, pré-rapporteur.

Abstract :

The issue of good consumption is no longer a concern for economics. The decision of the consumer, described in terms of instrumental rationality, is based on a relationship with commodities from which other people are excluded. Consumption consists of the exaltation of a will which is only subject to a budget constraint.

I analyse three authors who did examine the influence of others on an individual?s choice while refusing to resume it by a social constraint as in traditional sociology. Rarely studied from this point of view, I show that Adam Smith, Gabriel Tarde and Thorstein Veblen devoted most of their work to the question of the formation of social interactions through consumption, and insisted on its influence in the construction of an individual. By studying their social theory, I try to identify what element in the relationship would protect the consumer from the risk of loss due to his illimitated desire.

Keywords : Adam Smith, Gabriel Tarde, Thorstein Veblen, Economic philosophy, Consumer behavior, Social interactions, Conspicuous consumption, History of economic thought.

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