Intratemporal Substitution and Government Spending

The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 79, No. 4, November 1997

Posted: 10 Apr 1998

See all articles by Robert A. Amano

Robert A. Amano

Bank of Canada & CREFE

Tony S. Wirjanto

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance; University of Waterloo, Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the idea that a general model of consumption should allow for the direct effect of government expenditures in a two-good permanent-income model. We show, given an assumed preference specification, that there is a cointegration restriction implied by an intraperiod first-order condition of the model. This restriction leads to a linear deterministic cointegration relation between government spending, private consumption, and their relative price that is supported by the data. Using this restriction to recover the preference parameters, we estimate the intraperiod elasticity of substitution for both government and private consumption to be about 0.9. Overall, we find consistent empirical evidence in support of our model.

JEL Classification: E21, E62

Suggested Citation

Amano, Robert A. and Wirjanto, Tony S., Intratemporal Substitution and Government Spending. The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 79, No. 4, November 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=75131

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Tony S. Wirjanto

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University of Waterloo, Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science ( email )

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Canada
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