Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/228104
Authors: 
Šedivý, Marek
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IES Working Paper No. 22/2020
Abstract: 
We study the effect of within-household mortality on the evolution of household per capita consumption. Relying on a panel survey of Mexican households, we find that these households were capable of perfectly smoothing the shock into their consumption caused by the death of a household member. Our findings indicate that a household's ability to smooth consumption depends neither on the characteristics of the deceased household member nor on the income of a particular household. We find no clear temporal pattern in the evolution of the shock caused by within-household mortality. Our results provide strong support for the hypothesis that the evolution of household consumption is not affected by within-household mortality.
Subjects: 
Consumption
Consumption smoothing
Death
Mortality
JEL: 
D12
D15
I15
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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