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The Wealth Distribution And The Demand For Status

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  • Luo, Yulei
  • Young, Eric R.

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Standard economic theories of asset markets assume that assets are valued entirely for the consumption streams they can finance. This paper examines the introduction of the demand for status (as a function of wealth) into a model of uninsurable idiosyncratic risk. We find that spirit of capitalism preferences lead to less inequality in wealth and more in consumption. They also imply very different responses to a move from a progressive to a flat income tax; with spirit of capitalism preferences, wealth inequality goes down when the economy moves to a flat tax regime.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Macroeconomic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
Issue (Month): S1 (May)
Pages: 1-30

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Handle: RePEc:cup:macdyn:v:13:y:2009:i:s1:p:1-30_08

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  1. Tokuoka, Kiichi, 2012. "Is wealth accumulation a luxury good?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(3), pages 523-526.
  2. Francis, Johanna L., 2007. "Wealth and the Capitalist Spirit," MPRA Paper 5985, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  4. Hippolyte D'Albis & Eleni Iliopulos, 2013. "Collateral constraints and rental markets," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00964867, HAL.
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  7. Gaowang Wang & Heng-fu Zou, 2011. "Foreign Asset Accumulation, Macroeconomic Policies and Mercantilism," CEMA Working Papers 461, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  8. Yulei Luo & William T. Smith & Heng-fu Zou, 2009. "The Spirit of Capitalism and Excess Smoothness," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 10(2), pages 281-301, November.
  9. Davoine, Thomas, 2012. "Time constraints, saving and old age," Economics Working Paper Series 1221, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.

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