Consumption, income changes and heterogeneity: evidence from two fiscal stimulus programs

Misra, K and Surico, P (2014) Consumption, income changes and heterogeneity: evidence from two fiscal stimulus programs. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 6 (4). pp. 84-106. ISSN 1945-7707

Abstract

Almost half of American families did not adjust their consumption following receipt of the 2001 or 2008 tax rebates. Another 20 percent, with low income and more likely to rent, spent a small but significant amount. Households with large spending propensity held high levels of mortgage debt. The heterogeneity is concentrated in a few nondurable categories and a handful of "new vehicle" purchases. The cumulated predictions of the heterogeneous response model tend to be smaller and more accurate than their homogeneous response model counterparts, offering new insights on the evaluation of the two fiscal stimulus programs.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
Additional Information: © 2014 American Economic Association
Subjects: C > Consumer behaviour
E > Economics
S > Savings
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 13:35
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2018 16:04
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/742
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