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Stock Market Returns and Consumption

Marco Di Maggio (), Amir Kermani () and Kaveh Majlesi
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Marco Di Maggio: Harvard Business School, https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=697248
Amir Kermani: UC Berkeley, http://faculty.haas.berkeley.edu/amir/

No 2018:1, Working Papers from Lund University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper employs Swedish data on households' stock holdings to investigate how consumption responds to changes in stock market returns. We instrument the actual capital gains and dividend payments with past portfolio weights. Unrealized capital gains lead to a marginal propensity to consume (MPC) of 13 percent for the bottom 50% of the wealth distribution, but a flat 5 percent for the rest of the distribution. Households' consumption is significantly more responsive to dividend payouts across all parts of the wealth distribution. Our findings are consistent with households treating capital gains and dividends as separate sources of income.

Keywords: Capital gain; Dividend income; Consumption; Near-rational behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D15 E21 G12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mac and nep-upt
Date: 2018-02-15
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