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Cross-Country Heterogeneity in Intertemporal Substitution

Tomas Havranek (), Roman Horvath, Zuzana Irsova () and Marek Rusnák

No 2013/11, Working Papers IES from Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies

Abstract: We collect 2,735 estimates of the elasticity of intertemporal substitution in consumption from 169 published studies that cover 104 countries during different time periods. The estimates vary substantially from country to country, even after controlling for 30 aspects of study design. Our results suggest that income and asset market participation are the most effective factors in explaining the heterogeneity: households in rich countries and countries with high stock market participation substitute a larger fraction of consumption intertemporally in response to changes in expected asset returns. Micro-level studies that focus on sub-samples of rich households or asset holders also find systematically larger values of the elasticity.

Keywords: Elasticity of intertemporal substitution; consumption; metaanalysis; Bayesian model averaging (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C83 D91 E21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35pages
Date: 2013-08, Revised 2013-08
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