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Consumption and income smoothing

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Busato, Francesco; Chiarini, Bruno; Marzano, Elisabetta

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Abstract This paper presents a two sector dynamic general equilibrium model in which income smoothing takes place within the households (intra-temporally), and consumption smoothing takes place among the households (inter-temporally). Idiosyncratic risk sharing within the family is based on an income smoothing contract. There are two sectors in the model, the regular sector and the underground sector, and the smoothing comes from the underground sector, which is countercyclical with respect aggregate GDP. The paper shows that the simulated disaggregated consumption and income series (that are the regular and underground consumption flows) are more sensitive to exogenous changes in sector-specific productivity and tax rates than regular and underground income flows, and that this picture is reversed when the aggregate series are considered.
Classification Sociology of Economics; Political Economy
Free Keywords Dynamic equilibrium models; Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Intertemporal Firm Choice; underground economy
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 2191-2207
Journal Applied Economics, 40 (2008) 17
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)