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Intertemporal substitution for consumption and leisure: empirical evidence for Spain

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  • Antonio Cutanda

    (Department of Economic Analysis, University of Valencia, Avda. dels Tarongers s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain).)

  • Juan A. Sanchis Llopis

    (Department of Economic Structure, University of Valencia, Avda. dels Tarongers s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain).)

Abstract

In this paper we test the three first-order conditions of an intertemporal optimization model for a representative individual who chooses simultaneously for her level of consumption and leisure, assuming a separable utility function. We estimate these first order conditions separately and jointly using a Spanish pseudo-panel data set built by combining the Family Expenditure Survey and the Labour Survey for Spain over the period 1987-1997. Our results confirm previous empirical evidence as regards the elasticity of intertemporal substitution for consumption, that we estimate around 0.4/0.5, and provide an estimate for the leisure intertemporal elasticity around 0.2/0.3. Finally, we provide further evidence controlling for human capital. This allows checking that the model ignoring human capital produces biased estimates for the elasticity of intertemporal substitution for leisure.

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  • Antonio Cutanda & Juan A. Sanchis Llopis, 2019. "Intertemporal substitution for consumption and leisure: empirical evidence for Spain," Working Papers 1909, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.
  • Handle: RePEc:eec:wpaper:1909
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    Keywords

    Euler equation; Instrumental variables; Intertemporal Substitution; Panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C36 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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