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Precautionary Saving in a Markovian Earnings Environment

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  • Bar Light

    (University of Stanford)

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Under what conditions does an increase in the future income risk (in the sense of second order stochastic dominance) result in an increase in savings? This paper establishes a novel sufficient condition for the case in which income follows a Markov process. The sufficient condition applies to a broad class of preferences and processes that are often adopted in the applied literature. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Bar Light, 2018. "Precautionary Saving in a Markovian Earnings Environment," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 29, pages 138-147, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:16-391
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2017.12.004
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    Keywords

    Consumption; Savings; Precautionary savings; Prudence; Income uncertainty; Income fluctuation problem; Comparative statics;
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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General

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