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Does consumption respond to predicted increases in cash-hand availability?: Evidence from the Italian "severance pay"

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  • Borella, Margherita
  • Fornero, Elsa
  • Rossi, Mariacristina

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We examine whether Italian household consumption exhibits excess sensitivity to "severance pay", a sizable lump-sum that workers receive at job termination. We find no evidence of excess sensitivity of non-durable expenditure to this anticipated cash-in-hand change.

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  • Borella, Margherita & Fornero, Elsa & Rossi, Mariacristina, 2009. "Does consumption respond to predicted increases in cash-hand availability?: Evidence from the Italian "severance pay"," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 127-129, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:1:p:127-129
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    1. Zizza, Roberta & Adamopoulou, Effrosyni, 2017. "Regular versus lump-sum payments in union contracts and household consumption," Working Paper Series 2013, European Central Bank.
    2. Effrosyni Adamopoulou & Roberta Zizza, 2015. "Accessorizing. The effect of union contract renewals on consumption," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1024, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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