Household spending out of a tax rebate: Italian “€80 tax bonus”
Andrea Neri (),
Concetta Rondinelli () and
Filippo Scoccianti ()
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Filippo Scoccianti: Bank of Italy
No 379, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area
We estimate the consumption response of Italian households to the “€80 tax bonus” introduced in 2014, using the panel component on the Survey of Household Income and Wealth. We find that households that received the tax rebate increased their monthly consumption of food and means of transportation by about €20 and €30, respectively, about 50-60 per cent of the total bonus. There was a larger increase for households with low liquid wealth or low income. Our estimates are quite robust to different model specifications and are broadly in line with the evidence available from similar tax rebates in other countries but, due to the small sample size, are not always statistically significant. To understand the mechanism behind our results we then simulate an overlapping generations model of household consumption: the marginal propensity to consume generated by the structural model is in line with our empirical estimates.
Keywords: fiscal stimulus; marginal propensity to consume; consumer behaviour (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 E21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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