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Social Welfare Orderings: A Life-Cycle Perspective

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  • Ramses H. ABUL NAGA

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Consider the problem of measuring long-run household welfare and investigating welfare orderings from cross-section data. Life-cycle theories emphasize that consumption is allocated intertemporally on the basis of a long-term concept of resources, which differs from household income. Expenditure is also subject to transitoriness because diaries on spending are kept for a period of two to four weeks. Via joint modelling of household income and expenditure, we provide bounds for the deficit curve of lifecycle incomes using two distinct predictors of this unobservable. A third predictor generates a deficit curve also lying within these bounds.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 01.12.

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Length: 21 pages + fig.
Date of creation: Dec 2001
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Publication status: Published in Economica, vol. 72, August 2005, pp. 497-514
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:01.12

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Keywords: social welfare orderings; life-cycle income; household income and expenditure; deficit curves;

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  1. Riccardo Massari, 2005. "A Measure of Welfare Based on Permanent Income Hypothesis: An Application on Italian Households Budgets," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 64(1), pages 55-92, September.

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