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Cyclical Behaviour Of Consumption Of Non-Durable Goods: Spain Versus U.S.A

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  • Francisco Xavier Lores

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This paper studies the excessive volatility of Spanish aggregate non-durables consumption with relation to aggregate income. In this paper we stress the importance of non-durables imports over the variability of total non-durables consumption and we propose a theoretical model that formalizes the relation between domestic and imported consumption. The main finding of the paper is that a model of intertemporal optimization where there is no credit constrain or government can produce so high volatilities of consumption as the ones observed.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we014710.

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Date of creation: Oct 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we014710

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