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Modeling Movements In Individual Consumption: A Time‐Series Analysis Of Grouped Data

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  • Orazio P. Attanasio
  • Margherita Borella

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We characterize the time‐series properties of group‐level consumption, income, and interest rates using microdata. We relate the coefficients of moving average representations to structural parameters of theoretical models of consumption behavior. Using long time series of cross sections to construct synthetic panel data for the United Kingdom, we find that for high‐educated individuals the Euler equation restrictions are not rejected, the elasticity of intertemporal substitution is higher than one, and there is evidence of “excess smoothness” of consumption. Low‐educated individuals, conversely, exhibit excess sensitivity of consumption to past income, and the elasticity of intertemporal substitution is not statistically different from zero.

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  • Orazio P. Attanasio & Margherita Borella, 2014. "Modeling Movements In Individual Consumption: A Time‐Series Analysis Of Grouped Data," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 55, pages 959-991, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:iecrev:v:55:y:2014:i::p:959-991
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    1. Devlin-Foltz, Sebastian & Sabelhaus, John, 2015. "Heterogeneity in Economic Shocks and Household Spending," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-49, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    2. Orazio Attanasio & Costas Meghir & Corina Mommaerts, 2015. "Insurance in extended family networks," NBER Working Papers 21059, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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