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Consumption Volatility, Liquidity Constraints and Household Welfare

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  • Keshav Dogra

    (Columbia University)

  • Olga Gorbachev

    (Department of Economics, University of Delaware)

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We evaluate the impact of increased income uncertainty and financial liberalisation in the US on consumption volatility and household welfare. We estimate Euler equations and measure the volatility of unpredictable changes in consumption as the squared residuals. We directly control for liquidity constraints using SCF data on access to credit, and document that despite the increase in household debt between 1983 and 2007, there was no decline in the proportion of liquidity constrained households. Consumption volatil-ity increased significantly over this period, especially for liquidity constrained households, indicating substantial welfare losses.

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  • Keshav Dogra & Olga Gorbachev, 2015. "Consumption Volatility, Liquidity Constraints and Household Welfare," Working Papers 15-05, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    liquidity constraints; consumption; income; volatility; welfare;
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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