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Estimating and testing intertemporal preferences: A unified framework for consumption, work and savings

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  • William Chin

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Five waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), 1985-1989 including both wealth supplements, are used to construct an intertemporal budget constraint for selected single headed households. A new functional form of the dual consumer profit function rationalizing consumption, labor supply and savings is specified, estimated and used to test commonly maintained separability hypotheses. Both consumption- labor and time separability are rejected. Cross-price Frisch elasticities are found not to equal zero and this in turns affects all estimates of consumption, labor supply and saving elasticities. This paper contains new results from a previous paper submitted to EconWPA 12/16/03.

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  • William Chin, 2004. "Estimating and testing intertemporal preferences: A unified framework for consumption, work and savings," GE, Growth, Math methods 0409002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0409002
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    Keywords

    intertemporal; consumption; labor; labour; wealth; savings; PSID; Panel Study of Income Dynamics; consumer profit function;

    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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