The Life-Cycle Hypothesis: An Assessment of Some Recent Evidence
AbstractThis essay first reviews the basic empirical predictions of the life cycle hypothesis of consumption, namely that individuals should try to smooth intertemporally the marginal utility of consumption, that young workers should be accumulating resources for retirement, and that the elderly should be decumulating these resources. In the second part of the essay, we assess recent empirical evidence on these predictions.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by SIPI Spa in its journal Rivista di Politica Economica.
Volume (Year): 99 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (April-June)
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consumption; retirement; saving;
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- D91 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice and Growth - - - Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
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- J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
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