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The Effect of Liquidity Constraints on Consumption: A Cross-sectional Analysis

  • Hayashi, Fumio

This paper examines the effect of liquidity constraints on consumption expenditures using a single-time cross-section data set. A reduced-form equation for consumption is estimated on high-saving households by the Tobit procedure to account for the selectivity bias. Since high-saving households are not likely to be liquidity constrained, the estimated equation is an appropriate description of how desired consumption dictated by the life cycle-permanent income hypothesis is related to the variables available in the cross-section data. When the reduced-form equation is used to predict desired consumption, the gap between desired consumption and measured consumption is most evident for young households.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 100 (1985)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 183-206

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:qjecon:v:100:y:1985:i:1:p:183-206
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