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International evidence on sticky consumption growth

Christopher Carroll (), Jiri Slacalek () and Martin Sommer

No 886, Working Paper Series from European Central Bank

Abstract: We estimate the degree of ‘stickiness’ in aggregate consumption growth (sometimes interpreted as reflecting consumption habits) for thirteen advanced economies. We find that, after controlling for measurement error, consumption growth has a high degree of auto-correlation, with a stickiness parameter of about 0.7 on average across countries. The sticky-consumption-growth model outperforms the random walk model of Hall (1978), and typically fits the data better than the popular Campbell and Mankiw (1989) model. In several countries, the sticky-consumption-growth and Campbell–Mankiw models work about equally well. JEL Classification: C6, D9, E2

Keywords: Consumption Dynamics; Habit Formation; Sticky Expectations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-03
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