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Introducing the SCE Public Policy Survey



Households cope with considerable uncertainty in forming plans and making decisions. This includes uncertainty about their personal situations as well as about their external environment. An important source of uncertainty arises from (often abrupt) changes in government policy, including changes in tax rates and in the benefit level of social programs. Tracking individuals’ subjective beliefs about future policy changes is important for understanding their behavior as consumers and workers. For example, knowing the extent to which tax changes and other shifts in public policy are anticipated is important for understanding their impacts on spending, work, and savings decisions. When fully anticipated, a change in a policy may generate little change in behavior at the point it is implemented, while showing more noticeable impacts when first discussed or announced. Indeed, our previous research has shown that the ultimate magnitude and timing of a policy change’s impact on economic outcomes will depend strongly on the degree to which it was anticipated.

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  • Gizem Koşar & Kyle Smith & Wilbert Van der Klaauw, 2019. "Introducing the SCE Public Policy Survey," Liberty Street Economics 20191017, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:87360

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    Survey of Consumer Expectations Public Policy Survey; Medicare reform; Wilbert van der Klaauw; Center for Microeconomic Data; Survey of Consumer Expectations; minimum wage policy; Social Security reform; public policy outlook; Medicare expansion;
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    • G51 - Financial Economics - - Household Finance - - - Household Savings, Borrowing, Debt, and Wealth
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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