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Superior Information, Income Shocks and the Permanent Income Hypothesis

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  • Luigi Pistaferri

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    (University College London, Istituto Universitario Navale, Napoli and CSEF, University of Salerno)

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According to the permanent income hypothesis with quadratic preferences, savings should react only to transitory income shocks, but not to permanent shocks. The problem is that income shock components are not separately observable. I show how the combination of income realizations with subjective expectations can help to identify separately the transitory and the permanent shock to income, thus providing a powerful test of the theory. The empirical analysis is performed on a sample of Italian households drawn from the 1989-1991 Survey of Household Income and Wealth.

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Paper provided by Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy in its series CSEF Working Papers with number 07.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1998
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economics and Statistics, 2001, vol. 83, pages 465-476
Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:07

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Keywords: Subjective expectations; income shocks; permanent income hypothesis;

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