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Precautionary Wealth Accumulation

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When does an individual's expected wealth accumulation profile increase as earnings risk increases? This paper answers this question for multi-period models where earnings shocks are independent over time. Sufficient conditions are stated in terms of properties of a decision rule for savings and, alternatively, in terms of properties of preferences.

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  • Mark Huggett, 2003. "Precautionary Wealth Accumulation," Working Papers gueconwpa~03-03-09, Georgetown University, Department of Economics.
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    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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