Wealth Effects on Consumption Across the Wealth Distribution: Empirical Evidence
56 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015 Last revised: 18 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 2015
This paper studies the heterogeneity of the marginal propensity to consume out of wealth using French household surveys. We find decreasing marginal propensity to consume out of wealth across the wealth distribution for all net wealth components. The marginal propensity to consume out of financial assets tend to be higher compared with the effect of housing assets, excepted in the top of the wealth distribution. Consumption is less sensitive to the value of the main residence than to other housing assets. We also investigate the heterogeneity arising from indebtedness and from the role of housing assets as collateral.
Keywords: Consumption, Marginal propensity to consume out of wealth, Policy distributive effects, Households survey
JEL Classification: D12, E21, C21
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