Monday, August 30, 2010

Attanasio and Weber Review of Theories of Consumption and Savings

Consumption and Saving: Models of Intertemporal Allocation and Their Implications for Public Policy

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Orazio P. Attanasio
Guglielmo Weber
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This paper provides a critical survey of the large literature on the life cycle model of consumption, both from an empirical and a theoretical point of view. It discusses several approaches that have been taken in the literature to bring the model to the data, their empirical successes and failures. Finally, the paper reviews a number of changes to the standard life cycle model that could help solve the remaining empirical puzzles.

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