On the Distributional Effects of Income in an Aggregate Consumption Relation
AbstractIn this paper we analyze the relevance of characteristics of the income distribution in an aggregate consumption relation. In particular, we use a statistical distributional approach toward aggregation in order to model the aggregate consumption relation of a heterogeneous population, and apply it to UK-Family Expenditure Survey data for the years 1974-1993. We consider a nonparametric estimation methodology, which accounts for the presence of continuous and discrete variables, and, for comparison purposes, a linear parametric method. A bootstrap test on the nonparametrically estimated parameters suggests that, in addition to the mean, the dispersion of income is also relevant. Additionally, the time-invariance of the parameters of the aggregate relation is rejected. These findings have important implications for constructing empirically sound models of aggregate consumption expenditure.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Economic Research, Keele University in its series Keele Economics Research Papers with number KERP 2004/09.
Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Economics
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- Manisha Chakrabarty & Anke Schmalenbach & Jeffrey Racine, 2006. "On the distributional effects of income in an aggregate consumption relation," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 39(4), pages 1221-1243, November.
- C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
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- Michal Paluch & Alois Kneip & Werner Hildenbrand, 2007. "Individual versus Aggregate Income Elasticities for Heterogeneous Populations," Bonn Econ Discussion Papers bgse13_2007, University of Bonn, Germany.
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