Consumption Commitments and Preferences for Risk
AbstractWe examine an economy in which the cost of consuming some goods can be reduced by making commitments to consumption levels independent of the state. For example, it is cheaper to produce housing services via owner-occupied than rented housing, but the transactions costs associated with the former prompt relatively inflexible housing consumption paths. We show that consumption commitments can cause risk-neutral consumers to care about risk, creating incentives to both insure risks and bunch uninsured risks together. For example, workers may prefer to avoid wage risk while bearing an unemployment risk that is concentrated in as few states as possible.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 04-021.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2001
Date of revision: 18 May 2004
Unemployment; risk sharing; income distribution;
Other versions of this item:
- Larry Samuelson & Andrew Postlewaite, 2004. "Consumption Commitments and Preferences for Risk," Econometric Society 2004 North American Winter Meetings 162, Econometric Society.
- Postlewaite,A. & Samuelson,L. & Silverman,D., 2004. "Consumption commitments and preferences for risk," Working papers 15, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
- Andrew Postlewaite & Larry Samuelson & Dan Silverman, 2004. "Consumption, Commitmants and Preferences for Risk," NBER Working Papers 10527, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
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