We decompose the wealth effect on consumption into two components. First, we distinguish between exogenous and endogenous wealth changes (due to changes in prices or portfolio choice, respectively). Second, we distinguish between anticipated and unanticipated exogenous changes. We estimate the impact on consumption of the exogenous components using microeconomic data on consumption, wealth, and subjective asset price expectations available from the 2008-10 panel of the Italian Survey of Household Income and Wealth. We estimate an overall wealth effect of about 3 cents per (unexpected) euro increase in wealth, primarily driven by changes in housing prices. The consumption response to anticipated changes in wealth is also large and significant, of the same magnitude as the response to unanticipated changes, and similarly driven by changes in housing wealth. We provide evidence that this "excess sensitivity" result is consistent with binding borrowing constraints.
|Titolo:||Decomposing the Wealth Effect on Consumption|
|Autori interni:||PAIELLA, Monica Pia Cecilia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Rivista:||THE REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|