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Inflation Expectations and Readiness to Spend: Cross-Sectional Evidence

Ruediger Bachmann (), Tim Berg () and Eric Sims ()

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2015, vol. 7, issue 1, 1-35

Abstract: There have been suggestions for monetary policy to engineer higher inflation expectations to stimulate spending. We examine the relationship between expected inflation and spending attitudes using the microdata from the Michigan Survey of Consumers. The impact of higher inflation expectations on the reported readiness to spend on durables is generally small, outside the zero lower bound, often statistically insignificant, and inside of it typically significantly negative. In our baseline specification, a one percentage point increase in expected inflation during the recent zero lower bound period reduces households' probability of having a positive attitude towards spending by about 0.5 percentage points. (JEL D12, D84, E21, E31, E52)

JEL-codes: D12 D84 E21 E31 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
Note: DOI: 10.1257/pol.20130292
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