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Cross Country Evidence on Consumption Persistence

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  • Belbute, José
  • Caleiro, António

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The detection and measurement of the level of persistence on aggregate and disaggregate private consumption in Italy, Norway and United Kingdom is the main focus of the paper. Using a non-parametric methodology applied to annual data it is concluded that that one cannot reject the presence of a significant process of persistence in aggregate and disaggregate consumption in the three countries, even though each one displaying different levels of persistence. In particular, durables (furnishing and housing & utilities) display a lower degree of persistence when compared with non-durables. These results are imperative from a policy point of view as they may affect the effectiveness of countercyclical fiscal and monetary policies that are currently being implemented to overcome the current economic crisis. Persistence in consumption does exist and cannot be ignored, whether the goal is to stabilize the level of output via consumption or to burst output via long-lasting increases in consumption. Being the case that cultural differences are not easily changed, a possible instrument is the interest rate. Our results do show that a decrease in the interest rates, in order to boost investment, may also lead to non desirables results from the viewpoint of consumption, in particular for the durables categories

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  • Belbute, José & Caleiro, António, 2010. "Cross Country Evidence on Consumption Persistence," MPRA Paper 22008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22008
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    1. Francesca Marino, 2013. "The Italian productivity slowdown in a Real Business Cycle perspective," SERIES 0046, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro", revised Apr 2013.

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    Keywords

    Consumption; Persistence; Italy; Norway; United Kingdom.;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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