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On the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution under Nonhomothetic Utility

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In this note, we use a model with nonseparable and nonhomothetic preferences to estimate the intertemporal elasticity of substitution (IES). We show that, while the homothetic utility model may induce a bias that increases the elasticity of substitution between nondurables and durables, the estimated IES remains positive and significant. Copyright (c) 2008 The Ohio State University.

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  • Masakatsu Okubo, 2008. "On the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution under Nonhomothetic Utility," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 40(5), pages 1065-1072, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:40:y:2008:i:5:p:1065-1072
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    1. Flamini, Alessandro & Fracasso, Andrea, 2011. "Household's preferences and monetary policy inertia," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 111(1), pages 64-67, April.
    2. Daniel Leigh, 2009. "Monetary Policy and the Lost Decade; Lessons from Japan," IMF Working Papers 09/232, International Monetary Fund.

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