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Multicointegration in US consumption data

  • Boriss Siliverstovs


    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

The present paper tests for the existence of multicointegration between real per capita private consumption expenditure and real per capita disposable personal income in the USA. In doing so, we exploit the fact that the flows of disposable income and consumption expenditure on the one hand, and the stock of consumers' wealth, which can be considered as cumulative past discrepancies between the flows of income and expenditure, on the other hand, can be thought of as a stock-flow model, in which multicointegration is likely to occur. We apply recently developed I(2) techniques for testing for multicointegrating relations and find supporting evidence for the existence of multicointegration in this simple bivariate model.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2001-6.

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