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Durable Purchases over the Later Life Cycle

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  • Martin Browning
  • Thomas F. Crossley
  • Melanie Lührmann

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We investigate life cycle patterns of demand for services from household durables using UK panel data. We take careful account of prices, demographics, labour supply and health. Demand for consumer electronics rises with age, while the demand for household appliances is fl?at. These ?findings contrast with the well documented decline in nondurable consumption at older ages, and suggest that studies that estimate the overall discount rate from nondurable consumption may underestimate consumer patience and the savings required to fund retirement. We also ?find important nonseparabilities between the demand for durables, labour supply and health status.
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  • Martin Browning & Thomas F. Crossley & Melanie Lührmann, 2016. "Durable Purchases over the Later Life Cycle," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 78(2), pages 145-169, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:78:y:2016:i:2:p:145-169
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