Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/208230
Authors: 
Duca, Ioana A.
Kenny, Geoff
Reuter, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 2196
Abstract: 
This paper exploits a very large multi-country survey of consumers to investigate empirically the relationship between inflation expectations and consumer spending. We document that for the Euro Area and almost all of its constituent countries this relationship is generally positive: a higher expected change in inflation is associated with an increase in the probability that a given consumer will make major purchases. Moreover, in line with the predictions of macroeconomic theory, the impact is stronger when the lower bound on nominal interest rates is binding. Also, using the estimated spending probabilities from our micro-level analysis, we indirectly estimate the impact of a gradual increase in inflation expectations on aggregate private consumption. We find the effects to be economically relevant, especially when the lower bound is binding
Subjects: 
Consumer inflation expectations
Consumption
Lower Bound
Micro data
JEL: 
D12
D84
E21
E31
E52
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ISBN: 
978-92-899-3301-8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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