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Precautionary saving and aggregate demand

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  • Xavier Ragot

    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Julien Matheron

    (Banque de France)

  • Juan Rubio-Ramirez

    (Duke University)

  • Edouard Challe

    (Ecole Polytechnique)

Abstract

We formulate and estimate a tractable macroeconomic model with time-varying precautionary savings. We argue that the latter affect aggregate fluctuations via two main channels: a stabilizing aggregate supply effect working through the supply of capital; and a destabilizing aggregate demand effect generated by a feedback loop between unemployment risk and consumption demand. Using the estimated model to measure the contribution of precautionary savings to the propagation of recent recessions, we find strong aggregate demand effects during the Great Recession and the 1990-1991 recession. In contrast, the supply effect at least offset the demand effect during the 2001 recession

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  • Xavier Ragot & Julien Matheron & Juan Rubio-Ramirez & Edouard Challe, 2015. "Precautionary saving and aggregate demand," 2015 Meeting Papers 404, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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