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Heterogeneity in Intra-Monthly Consumption. Patterns, Self-Control, and Savings at Retirement

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  • Giovanni Mastrobuoni

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    (Collegio Carlo Alberto and CeRP)

  • Matthew Weinberg

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    (University of Georgia)

Abstract

Using data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals, this paper describes the shape of consumption profiles over the month for Social Security benefit recipients. Individuals with income mostly made up of Social Security benefits and who have some savings smooth consumption over the pay period, while individuals with little savings consume 25 percent fewer calories the week before checks are received relative to the week after checks are received. The findings for individuals with little savings are inconsistent with the Permanent Income/Lifecycle Hypothesis, but are consistent with hyperbolic discounting.

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Paper provided by Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Turin (Italy) in its series CeRP Working Papers with number 57.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:crp:wpaper:57

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Keywords: Hyperbolic consumption; caloric consumption; paychecks; Continuing Survey of Food Intake by Individuals;

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