How Much Consumption Insurance in Bewley Models with Endogenous Family Labor Supply?

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Chunzan Wu

University of Pennsylvania

Dirk Krueger

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

We show that a calibrated life-cycle two-earner household model with endogenous labor supply can rationalize the extent of consumption insurance against shocks to male and female wages, as estimated empirically by Blundell, Pistaferri and Saporta-Eksten (2016) in U.S. data. With additively separable preferences, 43% of male and 23% of female permanent wage shocks pass through to consumption, compared to the empirical estimates of 34% and 20%. With non-separable preferences the model predicts more consumption insurance, with pass-through rates of 29% and 16%. Most of the consumption insurance against permanent male wage shocks is provided through the labor supply response of the female earner.

Suggested Citation

Wu, Chunzan and Krueger, Dirk, How Much Consumption Insurance in Bewley Models with Endogenous Family Labor Supply? (March 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24472, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3154254

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