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Household Composition and Savings: An Overview

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  • Felix Freyland

    (Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA))

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    In recent years the literature on household saving behavior has been enriched by a number of contributions focusing on the problem of modelling a household as a single decision unit. It has reasonably been argued that with respect to household consumption and saving behavior the simple approach of modelling households as one representative decider could involve major mistakes. Thus the literature has enriched the basic model by incorporating variables that describe the composition of a household examples being the number and age of children, household member’s life expectancies and the intrahousehold distribution of income. This paper reviews these developments and empirical results in the latest literature, with a particular focus on intra-household income distributions.

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    Paper provided by Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in its series MEA discussion paper series with number 05087.

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    Date of creation: 30 Jun 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:mea:meawpa:05087

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    1. Browning, Martin, 1995. "Saving and the intra-household distribution of income: an empirical investigation," Ricerche Economiche, Elsevier, vol. 49(3), pages 277-292, September.
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    8. Martin Browning & Thomas F. Crossley, 2001. "The Life-Cycle Model of Consumption and Saving," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(3), pages 3-22, Summer.
    9. Martin Browning & Mette Ejrnæs, 2002. "Consumption and Children," CAM Working Papers 2002-06, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics.
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