Deconstructing The Consumption Function: New Tools And Old Problems
AbstractIn this paper, we analyse anew the relationship between aggregate income and consumption in the United Kingdom. Our analysis entails a close examination of the structure of the data, for which we employ a variety of spectral methods which depend on the concepts of Fourier analysis. We discover that fluctuations in the rate of growth of consumption tend to precede similar fluctuations in income, which contradicts a common supposition. We also highlight the difficulty of uncovering from the aggregate data a structural equation representing the behaviour of consumers.
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Date of creation: 17 Sep 2004
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- Stephen Pollock & Nikoletta Lekka, 2001. "Deconstructing the Consumption Function: New Tools and Old Problems," Working Papers 448, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
- C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models
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