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TitleA flatter life-cycle consumption profile
Author(s)Alexandre, Fernando
Bação, Pedro
Portela, Miguel
KeywordsCohorts
Consumption
Life-cyle
Microdata
Issue date2019
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Núcleo de Investigação em Políticas Económicas (NIPE)
JournalNIPE Working Paper
Abstract(s)In this paper we report and discuss estimates of life-cycle consumption profiles obtained using microdata for Portuguese households. The estimated profiles are much flatter than the profiles usually reported in the literature for other countries, namely the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. We argue that the high degree of consumption smoothing in Portugal may be related to easier access to credit, a generous social security system and family ties. In addition, we also report estimates of cohort and business cycle effects on consumption. The estimated cohort effects are consistent with the post-war progress in standards of living. The business cycle estimates suggest that the recent debt crisis has had a strong negative impact on household consumption.
TypeWorking paper
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/60219
Publisher versionhttps://www.eeg.uminho.pt/pt/investigar/nipe/Paginas/publicacoes.aspx
Peer-Reviewedno
AccessOpen access
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