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Wealth Effects and Consumption in Thailand

  • Phurichai Rungcharoenkitkul

    (Bank of Thailand)

The effects of changes in wealth on consumption in Thailand are estimated, using a cross-sectional household survey conducted in 2010. It is found that consumption, after conditioning for income and household characteristics, is increasing in wealth, whether measured in terms of net worth or gross asset values. The estimated elasticity of consumption with respect to wealth is 0.06, while the estimated income elasticity is 0.60. The corresponding marginal propensity to consume out of wealth is estimated to be around 0.02-0.03. Physical assets, such as housing, matter for consumption more than financial assets, with the elasticity being about five-fold larger. Durable goods consumption is found to be much more sensitive to wealth than consumption of non-durable goods. The paper also discusses evidence that wealth e ects may vary across households, and can be explained by the levels of existing wealth and certain household characteristics.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Department, Bank of Thailand in its series Working Papers with number 2011-01.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bth:wpaper:2011-01
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