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The Aggregate Consumption Puzzle In Singapore

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  • Tilak ABEYSINGHE

    (National University of Singapore)

  • CHOY Keen Meng

    ()
    (National University of Singapore)

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We draw attention to an apparent puzzle in the aggregate consumption behaviour of Singaporeans. In stark contrast to the rest of the world, the average propensity to consume has plummeted to a record low of two-fifths of income in 2000 leaving the economy without a good built-in stabilizer. This phenomenon is a notable departure from the stable long-run equilibrium relationship between consumption, disposable income and wealth observed elsewhere. The explanation of this puzzle is the main focus of the paper but we also draw attention to some policy measures that may reverse the process

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wp0213.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0213

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Keywords: consumption function; average propensity to consume; cointegrating relation; asset price inflation;

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  1. Cheolbeom Park & Pei Fang Lim, 2004. "Excess sensitivity of consumption, liquidity constraints, and mandatory saving," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(12), pages 771-774.
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  3. Holmes, Mark J. & Shen, Xin, 2013. "A note on the average propensity to consume, wealth and threshold adjustment," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 309-313.
  4. Hwee Kwan Chow, 2004. "A VAR Analysis of Singapore’s Monetary Transmission Mechanism," Working Papers 19-2004, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
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