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The Life Cycle Permanent-Income Model and Consumer Durables

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  • Avner BAR-ILAN
  • Alan S. BLINDER

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This paper presents an extension of the life cycle permanent-income model of consumption to the case of a durable good whose purchase involves limpy transactions costs. By integrating the advancement/postponement decision in the individual's analysis, the implications of the model are different in some respects from those of standard consumption theory. Using explicit aggregation it is shown that expenditures on durables display very large short-run elasticity to changes in permanent income. Empirical tests generally produce results that are in line with the theory.

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Article provided by ENSAE in its journal Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (1988)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
Pages: 71-91

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Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:1988:i:9:p:04

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  1. Bernanke, Ben, 1985. "Adjustment costs, durables, and aggregate consumption," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 41-68, January.
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  1. Grossman, Sanford J & Laroque, Guy, 1990. "Asset Pricing and Optimal Portfolio Choice in the Presence of Illiquid Durable Consumption Goods," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 58(1), pages 25-51, January.
  2. Caballero, R.J., 1990. "Durable Goods: An Explanation For Their Slow Adjustment," Discussion Papers 1990_49, Columbia University, Department of Economics.
  3. Joseph Nichols, 2004. "A Life-cycle Model with Housing, Portfolio Allocation, and Mortgage Financing," Econometric Society 2004 North American Winter Meetings 205, Econometric Society.
  4. Bart Capeau & André Decoster & Frederic Vermeulen, 2003. "Homeownership and the Life Cycle: an Ordered Logit Approach," Center for Economic Studies - Discussion papers ces0308, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën.
  5. de Ruiter, Marcel & Smant, David J. C., 1999. "The Household Balance Sheet and Durable Consumer Expenditures: An Empirical Investigation for The Netherlands, 1972-93," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 243-274, March.
  6. Jerome Adda & Russell Cooper, 2000. "The Dynamics of Car Sales: A Discrete Choice Approach," NBER Working Papers 7785, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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