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The Spirit of Capitalism and Excess Smoothness

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  • Yulei Luo

    (The University of Hong Kong)

  • William T. Smith

    (Department of Economics, Fogelman College of Business & Economics, University of Memphis)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (CEMA, Central University of Finance and Economics
    Shenzhen University
    Wuhan University)

Abstract

In a recent paper [Luo, Smith, and Zou (2009)] we showed that the spirit of capitalism could in theory resolve the two fundamental anomalies of modern consumption theory, excess sensitivity and excess smoothness. However, that basic model could not plausibly explain the empirical magnitude of excess smoothness. In this paper we develop two extensions of the model ¡ª one with transitory and permanent shocks to income, the other with a stochastic interest rate ¡ª that where the spirit of capitalism can explain excess smoothness.

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  • Yulei Luo & William T. Smith & Heng-fu Zou, 2011. "The Spirit of Capitalism and Excess Smoothness," CEMA Working Papers 484, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
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    The spirit of capitalism; Consumption smoothing; Interest rate risk;
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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