Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202869
Authors: 
Crawley, Edmund
Kuchler, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Danmarks Nationalbank Working Papers 129
Abstract: 
This paper aims to test the microfoundations of consumption models and quantify the macro implications of heterogeneity in consumption behavior. We propose a new empirical method to estimate the sensitivity of consumption to permanent and transitory income shocks for different groups of households. We then apply this method to administrative data from Denmark. The large sample size, along with detailed household balance sheet information, allows us to finely divide the population along relevant dimensions. For example, we find that households who stand to lose from an interest rate hike are significantly more sensitive to income shocks than those who stand to gain. Following a 1 percentage point rate increase, we estimate consumption will decrease by 26 basis points through this interest rate exposure channel alone, making it substantially larger than the intertemporal substitution channel that dominates in representative agent New Keynesian models.
Subjects: 
Uncertainty
Consumption Dynamics
MPC
JEL: 
D12
D31
D91
E21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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