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Intertemporal Substitution in Consumption

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One of the important determinants of the response of saving and consumption to the real interest rate is the ela sticity of intertemporal substitution. That elasticity can be measure d by the response of the rate of change of consumption to changes in the expected real interest rate. A detailed study of data for the twe ntieth-century United States shows no strong evidence that the elasti city of intertemporal substitution is positive. Earlier findings of s ubstantially positive elasticities are reversed when appropriate esti mation methods are used. Copyright 1988 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Hall, Robert E, 1988. "Intertemporal Substitution in Consumption," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 96(2), pages 339-357, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:96:y:1988:i:2:p:339-57
    DOI: 10.1086/261539
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