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International Evidence on Sticky Consumption Growth

Christopher Carroll, Jiri Slacalek () and Martin Sommer

No 13876, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We estimate the degree of 'stickiness' in aggregate consumption growth (sometimes interpreted as reflecting consumption habits) for thirteen advanced economies. We find that, after controlling for measurement error, consumption growth has a high degree of autocorrelation, with a stickiness parameter of about 0.7 on average across countries. The sticky-consumption-growth model outperforms the random walk model of Hall (1978), and typically fits the data better than the popular Campbell and Mankiw (1989) model. In several countries, the sticky-consumption-growth and Campbell-Mankiw models work about equally well.

JEL-codes: E21 F41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-03
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Published as Christopher D. Carroll & Jiri Slacalek & Martin Sommer, 2011. "International Evidence on Sticky Consumption Growth," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 93(4), pages 1135-1145, 06.

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