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Evaluating how predictable errors in expected income affect consumption

Luigi Giamboni (), Emanuele Millemaci and Robert Waldmann ()

Applied Economics, 2013, vol. 45, issue 28, 4004-4021

Abstract: This article studies whether anomalies in consumption can be explained by a behavioural model in which agents make predictable errors in forecasting income. We use a micro-data set containing subjective expectations about future income. This article shows that the null hypothesis of rational expectations is rejected in favour of the behavioural model, since consumption responds to predictable forecast errors. On average, agents who we predict are too pessimistic increase consumption after the predictable positive income shock. On average, agents who are too optimistic reduce the consumption.

Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2012.745987

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