Wealth Effects and the New Economy

Author/Editor:

Torsten M Sloek ; Hali J Edison

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper investigates if there is a different impact from changes in "new" and "old" economy stock valuations on private consumption. Estimating a reduced-form VAR for seven OECD countries for the 1990s, it is found that the impact from changes in old economy stock valuations on consumption is in general larger in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom than in continental Europe. Furthermore, the impact from changes in new economy valuations to consumption is roughly the same in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom and in continental Europe. Finally, the results suggest that in continental Europe the impact on consumption from changes in the valuation of new economy stocks is bigger than from the old economy stocks, whereas for the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom the impact is more or less the same between the two sectors.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/77

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451849998/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0772001

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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