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Testing for intertemporal nonseparability

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  • Ian Crawford

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Oxford)

  • Matthew Polisson

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and St Andrews University)

Abstract

This paper presents a nonparametric analysis of a common class of intertemporal models of consumer choice that relax consumption independence. Within this class and in the absence of any functional form restrictions on instantaneous preferences, we compare the revealed preference conditions for rational habit formation and rational anticipation. We show that these models are nonparametrically equivalent in the presence of finite date sets composed of prices, interest rates, and consumption choices.

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  • Ian Crawford & Matthew Polisson, 2013. "Testing for intertemporal nonseparability," IFS Working Papers W13/19, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:13/19
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    1. Peter Levell, 2014. "Revealed preference and consumption behaviour at retirement," IFS Working Papers W14/29, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    2. Laurens Cherchye & Bram De Rock & Pieter Jan Kerstens, 2016. " Production with storable and durable inputs: nonparametric analysis of intertemporal efficiency," Working Papers Department of Economics 549617, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    anticipation; habits; revealed preference; time separability;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • 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

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