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Consumption Smoothing and Income Redistribution

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  • Bertola, Giuseppe
  • Koeniger, Winfried

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We show theoretically that income redistribution benefits borrowing-constrained individuals more than is implied by standard relative-income and uninsurable-risk considerations. Empirically, we find in international opinion-survey data that younger and lower-income individuals express stronger support for government redistribution in countries where consumer credit is less easily available. This evidence supports our theoretical perspective if such individuals are more strongly affected by tighter credit supply, in that expectations of higher incomes in the future increase their propensity to borrow.

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  1. C. Giannetti & M. Madia & L. Moretti, 2013. "Job Insecurity and Financial Distress," Working Papers wp887, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  2. Bertola, Giuseppe & Lo Prete, Anna, 2013. "Finance, Governments, and Trade," CEPR Discussion Papers 9338, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Bertola, Giuseppe & Lo Prete, Anna, 2010. "Whence Policy? Government Policies, Finance, and Economic Integration," CEPR Discussion Papers 7820, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Giuseppe Bertola, 2007. "Finance and Welfare States in Globalising Markets," RBA Annual Conference Volume, in: Christopher Kent & Jeremy Lawson (ed.), The Structure and Resilience of the Financial System Reserve Bank of Australia.
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  6. Giuseppe Bertola, 2008. "Labour Markets in EMU - What has changed and what needs to change," European Economy - Economic Papers 338, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
  7. Giuseppe Bertola & Anna Lo Prete, 2008. "Openness, Financial Markets, and Policies: Cross-Country and Dynamic Patterns," Working Papers 2008/13, Czech National Bank, Research Department.

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