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The Wealth Distribution and the Demand for Status

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Standard economic theories of asset markets assume that assets are valued entirely for the consumption streams they can finance. This paper examines the introduction of the demand for status (as a function of wealth) into a model of uninsurable idiosyncratic risk. We find that spirit of capitalism preferences lead to less inequality in wealth and more in consumption. They also imply very different responses to a move from a progressive to a flat income tax; with spirit of capitalism preferences, wealth inequality goes down when the economy moves to a flat tax regime.

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  • Eric R. Young, 2004. "The Wealth Distribution and the Demand for Status," Macroeconomics 0410008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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