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Incomplete Intertemporal Consumption Smoothing and Incomplete Risk Sharing

  • PIERFEDERICO ASDRUBALI
  • SOYOUNG KIM

This paper develops a method to estimate jointly the degree of intertemporal consumption smoothing and the degree of "inter-regional" risk sharing. The empirical results for the U.S. states and OECD and EU countries suggest that: (i) regardless of the assumption on the degree of intertemporal consumption smoothing, the degree of risk sharing within a country is larger than across countries; (ii) the degree of intertemporal consumption smoothing within a country is also larger than across countries; and (iii) the difference between the degree of intertemporal consumption smoothing within U.S. states and across OECD and EU countries is as large as the difference between the degree of risk sharing, contrary to the findings of some past studies. Copyright (c) 2008 The Ohio State University.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2008)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
Pages: 1521-1531

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