Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/153484
Authors: 
Sousa, Ricardo M.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 1050
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the wealth effects on consumption in the euro area as a whole. I show that: (i) financial wealth effects are relatively large and statistically significant; (ii) housing wealth effects are virtually nil and not significant; (iii) consumption growth exhibits strong persistence and responds sluggishly to shocks; and (iv) the immediate response of consumption to wealth is substantially different from the longrun wealth effects. By disaggregating financial wealth into its major components, the estimates suggest that wealth effects are particularly large for currency and deposits, and shares and mutual funds. In addition, consumption seems to be very responsive to financial liabilities and mortgage loans.
Subjects: 
Consumption
financial wealth
housing wealth
JEL: 
E21
E44
D12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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