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Title:The American consumer: Reforming, or just resting? PDF Logo
Authors:Carroll, Christopher D.
Slacalek, Jirka
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CFS Working Paper 2009/12
Abstract:American households have received a triple dose of bad news since the beginning of the current recession: The greatest collapse in asset values since the Great Depression, a sharp tightening in credit availability, and a large increase in unemployment risk. We present measures of the size of these shocks and discuss what a benchmark theory says about their immediate and ultimate consequences. We then provide a forecast based on a simple empirical model that captures the effects of wealth shocks and unemployment fears. Our short-term forecast calls for somewhat weaker spending, and somewhat higher saving rates, than the Consensus survey of macroeconomic forecasters. Over the longer term, our best guess is that the personal saving rate will eventually approach the levels that preceded period of financial liberalization that began in the late 1970s.
Subjects:Consumption/Saving Forecast
Credit Crunch
Financial Crisis
JEL:C61
D11
E24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-68317
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CFS Working Paper Series, Universität Frankfurt a. M.

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