Luxury consumption, precautionary savings and wealth inequality
Campanale Claudio ()
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Campanale Claudio: Universidad de Alicante, Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico, Universidad de Alicante, Campus San Vicente del Raspeig, 03690, Alicante, Spain, Phone: +34 965903614, Fax: +34 965903898; and CeRP (Collegio Carlo Alberto), Via Real Collegio 30, 10024 Moncalieri (TO), Italy
The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2018, vol. 18, issue 1, 15
Most 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.
Keywords: luxury consumption; non-homothetic utility; precautionary savings; wealth inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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