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Testing the Permanent Income Hypothesis using the Spanish Christmas Lottery

Guillermo Cabanillas-Jiménez

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: The Spanish Christmas Lottery is one of the most common lottery games played in Spain. This paper analyses how local windfall gains from the Christmas Lottery can affect household consumption behavior. We find that there is a significant increase in goods consumption in the winning Regions. More precisely, we find that durable goods are sensitive to lottery winnings, meaning that those households living in the winning Regions of the lottery spend more on this type of goods. Non-durable goods do not seem to react to the income shock, as the estimated effect is inelastic, although the effect is statistically significant. Despite these findings are in line with the theoretical predictions, these results imply a violation of the Permanent Income Hypothesis for long-life goods, as households do not smooth their consumption when a onetime and positive income shock occurs.

Keywords: Consumption; Durable goods; Non-durable goods; Lottery; PIH; Winning Region (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C01 C23 C26 C55 C93 D12 D14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-03
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