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

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  • Renata Bottazzi

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

  • Serena Trucchi

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Matthew Wakefield

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

Abstract

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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  • Renata Bottazzi & Serena Trucchi & Matthew Wakefield, 2013. "Wealth effects and the consumption of Italian households in the Great Recession," IFS Working Papers W13/21, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:13/21
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    Keywords

    wealth effects; household consumption; 2008 crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises

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