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

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

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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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 127-129

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