Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173950
Authors: 
Banks, James
Blundell, Richard
Levell, Peter
Smith, James P.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers W16/16
Abstract: 
In this paper we document significantly steeper declines in nondurable expenditures in the UK compared to the US, in spite of income paths being similar. We explore several possible causes, including different employment paths, housing ownership and expenses, levels and paths of health status, number of household members, and out-of -pocket medical expenditures. Among all the potential explanations considered, we find that those to do with healthcare - differences in levels and age paths in medical expenses - can fully account for the steeper declines in nondurable consumption in the UK compared to the US.
JEL: 
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D91
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Document Type: 
Working Paper
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