Insuring Consumption Using Income-Linked Assets
AbstractWe evaluate financial assets with payoffs linked to individual labor income, as conceived by Shiller (2003) and others. Using a realistically calibrated life-cycle model, we find that such assets can generate nontrivial welfare benefits, depending on the precise structure of the instrument. However, the assets we consider can only eliminate a relatively small fraction of the welfare costs of labor income risk over the life cycle. We highlight the fact that although the purpose of such assets is to smooth consumption across states of nature, one must also consider the assets' effects on households' ability to smooth consumption over time. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 15 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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- Andreas Fuster & Paul S. Willen, 2010. "Insuring consumption using income-linked assets," Working Papers 10-1, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
- Andreas Fuster & Paul S. Willen, 2010. "Insuring Consumption Using Income-Linked Assets," NBER Working Papers 15829, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
- E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
- G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
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