IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Login to save this article or follow this journal

Consumer Durables: Evidence on the Optimality of Usually Doing Nothing

  • Bar-Ilan, Avner
  • Blinder, Alan S

The authors argue that lumpy, nonconvex transaction costs are the norm for a wide range of economic decisions, which are thus characterized by inertial behavior. Application of this idea to the consumption of durable goods yields an (S,s) decision rule, which, when aggregated, highlights the different expected behavior of average expenditure per purchase versus the number of purchases. The empirical implications of this rule are presented and compared to other theories. A battery of empirical tests generally supports the predictions of the model; in particular, it does a good job of explaining the time pattern of response of spending on durables to a change in income. Copyright 1992 by Ohio State University Press.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: full text
Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to JSTOR subscribers. See for details.

As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 24 (1992)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 258-72

in new window

Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:24:y:1992:i:2:p:258-72
Contact details of provider: Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:24:y:1992:i:2:p:258-72. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing)

or (Christopher F. Baum)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.