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Title:The role of asset markets for private consumption: evidence from paneleconometric models PDF Logo
Authors:Dreger, Christian
Reimers, Hans-Eggert
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 872
Abstract:We explore the long and short run relationship between private consumption, disposable income and housing and financial wealth approximated by price indices for a panel of industrialized countries. Consumption, income and wealth are cointegrated in their common, but not in their idiosyncratic components. This stresses the relevance of inter-national spillovers to explain aggregate consumption behaviour. The cointegrating vector is robust and in line with the life cycle permanent income hypothesis. The in-come elasticity does not differ from unity, and wealth elasticities are within a range of 2 to 5 percent. According to the error correction mechanism, consumption could not be interpreted as a weakly exogenous series.
Subjects:Permanent income hypothesis
panel cointegration
wealth effects
JEL:C23
E21
E32
G15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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