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Long-Run Saving Dynamics: Evidence from Unexpected Inheritances

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  • Jeppe Druedahl

    (University of Copenhagen)

  • Alessandro Martinello

    (Lund University)

Abstract

We exploit inheritance episodes to provide novel causal evidence on long-run saving dynamics. For identification, we combine a panel of administrative wealth reports with the unexpected timing of sudden parental deaths. After inheritance, net worth converges towards the path established before parental death, and convergence is faster for liquid assets. Using a generalized structural framework, we show that buffer-stock and two-asset models can fit these dynamics, but only if agents are impatient enough and have both strong precautionary and post-retirement saving motives. Relative to standard calibrations, such agents have at least 50 percent higher precautionary savings for given total wealth.

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  • Jeppe Druedahl & Alessandro Martinello, 2018. "Long-Run Saving Dynamics: Evidence from Unexpected Inheritances," 2018 Meeting Papers 390, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Korom, Philipp, 2016. "Inherited advantage: The importance of inheritance for private wealth accumulation in Europe," MPIfG Discussion Paper 16/11, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
    2. Elinder, Mikael & Erixson, Oscar & Waldenström, Daniel, 2018. "Inheritance and wealth inequality: Evidence from population registers," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 165(C), pages 17-30.
    3. Andreas Fagereng & Martin B. Holm & Gisle J. Natvik, 2016. "MPC heterogeneity and household balance sheets," Discussion Papers 852, Statistics Norway, Research Department.

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    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G40 - Financial Economics - - Behavioral Finance - - - General

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