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On the Stability of the Wealth Effect

  • Fernando Alexandre

    (University of Minho)

  • Pedro Bação

    (University of Coimbra)

  • Vasco J. Gabriel

    (University of Surrey)

Evidence of instability of the wealth effect in the USA is presented through the estimation of a Markov switching model of the long-run aggregate consumption function. The dating of the regimes appears to bear relation to movements in asset prices. A model-based explanation of the findings is suggested, highlighting the importance of the short-run relation between consumption, income and wealth in explaining the estimated long-run coefficients.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Surrey in its series School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 1405.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:sur:surrec:1405
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