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Income And Wealth Over The Life Cycle Evidence From Panel Data


  • Rob Alessie
  • Annamaria Lusardi
  • Trea Aldershof


In this paper we examine household wealth and income in the Netherlands using data from the Socio Economic Panel (SEP) in the period 1987–89. We provide an evaluation of the quality of the data and some simple statistics which describe the behavior of wealth, saving, and income over the life cycle. We find there is substantial heterogeneity in the behavior of households, and wealth holdings vary substantially even among the same age group. By exploiting the panel feature of the SEP, we derive saving from first differencing wealth. We find that a sizeable fraction of households do not dissave when old and we find some evidence in favor of the bequest motive.

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  • Rob Alessie & Annamaria Lusardi & Trea Aldershof, 1997. "Income And Wealth Over The Life Cycle Evidence From Panel Data," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 43(1), pages 1-32, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:43:y:1997:i:1:p:1-32
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.1997.tb00198.x

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