Luxury consumption, precautionary savings and wealth inequality

Luxury consumption, precautionary savings and wealth inequality AbstractMost macroeconomic models are based on the assumption of a single homogeneous consumption good. In the present paper we consider a model with two goods: a basic good and a luxury good. We then apply this assumption to a standard general equilibrium heterogeneous agent model. We find a substantial reduction in precautionary savings compared to a standard model. The effect on wealth inequality turns out to be ambiguous and to depend on the size of the assumed earnings risk. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics de Gruyter

Luxury consumption, precautionary savings and wealth inequality

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de Gruyter
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©2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
1935-1690
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1935-1690
D.O.I.
10.1515/bejm-2015-0196
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Abstract

AbstractMost macroeconomic models are based on the assumption of a single homogeneous consumption good. In the present paper we consider a model with two goods: a basic good and a luxury good. We then apply this assumption to a standard general equilibrium heterogeneous agent model. We find a substantial reduction in precautionary savings compared to a standard model. The effect on wealth inequality turns out to be ambiguous and to depend on the size of the assumed earnings risk.

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The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomicsde Gruyter

Published: May 30, 2017

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