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Housing wealth and aggregate saving

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  • Skinner, Jonathan

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The recent appreciation in housing value can have large effects on aggregate saving. This paper uses a simulation model to show that aggregate saving will decline substantially if life cycle homeowners spend down their housing windfalls. Homeowners with a bequest motive, however, may save more to assist their children in buying the now more expensive housing. To test whether families spend their housing capital gains, I use housing, income, and consumption data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. While a cross-section time-series regression implies that housing wealth does affect saving, a fixed-effects model finds no effect.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 19 (1989)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 305-324

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