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Wealth effects and the consumption of Italian households in the Great Recession

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  • Renata Bottazzi

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Bologna)

  • Serena Trucchi

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Matthew Wakefield

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Bologna)

We estimate marginal propensities to consume from wealth shocks for Italian households. Large asset price shocks in 2008 underpin an IV estimator. A euro fall in financial or risky financial wealth resulted in cuts in annual total (non-durable) consumption of 5-9 (3.5-6) cents. There is evidence of effects for food spending. Responses of total and non-durable spending to changes in housing wealth are 0.2 to 0.4 cents/euro. Counterfactuals indicate financial wealth effects were important (relative to other factors) for consumption falls in 2008/09. Thus wealth effects on consumption can be important for households' welfare and aggregate outcomes.

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Date of creation: 13 Aug 2013
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