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Interdependent Preferences and Aggregate Saving

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  • Alexis Direr

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The effect of relative consumption on aggregate saving is analyzed in a two-period model. It is assumed that people care about their rank in the consumption distribution at each date. It is shown that individuals concentrate their consumption in the period in which the distribution of consumption is the most egalitarian. As a result, a rise in consumption inequalities has a negative impact on saving compared to the case without a status-seeking motive.

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  • Alexis Direr, 2001. "Interdependent Preferences and Aggregate Saving," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 63-64, pages 297-308.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2001:i:63-64:p:297-308
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    8. Pradeep Dubey & John Geanakoplos, 2016. "Money and Status: How Best to Incentivize Work," Department of Economics Working Papers 16-02, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics.

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