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The marginal propensity to consume and multidimensional risk

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  • Jouini, Elyès
  • Napp, Clotilde
  • Nocetti, Diego

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Kimball (1990a,b) established that income risk increases the marginal propensity to consume if and only if absolute prudence decreases. We characterize decreasing and increasing multivariate prudence and show that a multidimensional risk increases the marginal propensity to consume if and only if absolute prudence decreases with wealth, in the sense that its derivative is negative-definite.

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  • Jouini, Elyès & Napp, Clotilde & Nocetti, Diego, 2013. "The marginal propensity to consume and multidimensional risk," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(2), pages 124-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:2:p:124-127
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.02.002
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    Keywords

    Marginal propensity to consume; Multivariate risk; Prudence;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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