Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25544
Authors: 
Carroll, Christopher D.
Slacalek, Jirka
Sommer, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
CFS Working Paper 2008/09
Abstract: 
We estimate the degree of 'stickiness' in aggregate consumption growth (sometimes interpreted as reflecting consumption habits) for thirteen advanced economies. We find that, after controlling for measurement error, consumption growth has a high degree of autocorrelation, with a stickiness parameter of about 0.7 on average across countries. The sticky-consumption-growth model outperforms the random walk model of Hall (1978), and typically fits the data better than the popular Campbell and Mankiw (1989) model. In several countries, the sticky-consumption-growth and Campbell-Mankiw models work about equally well.
Subjects: 
Sticky Expectations
Consumption Dynamics
Habit Formation
JEL: 
E21
F41
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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