Wealth Effects in Europe: A Tale of Two Countries (Italy and the United Kingdom)

 
Author/Editor: Muñoz, Sònia
 
Publication Date: January 01, 2006
 
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Summary: This paper investigates the increasing exposure of European households to risky financial assets and the consequent impact on the economy. I analyze household data for Italy and the United Kingdom, countries that differ dramatically in their financial structure and capital markets. I estimate an endogenous switching model with bivariate switching to overcome two important obstacles in this line of research, namely, the consumption Capital Asset Pricing Model Puzzle and the excess sensitivity puzzle. The results show that there are wealth effects in both countries. I find some evidence of liquidity constraints only in Italy and habit formation exclusively in the United Kingdom.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 06/30
Subject(s): Income distribution | Italy | United Kingdom | Financial assets | Capital markets | Economic models

Author's Keyword(s): Wealth Effects | consumption behaviour | household portfolio | switching regressions | selectivity models | European capital markets
 
English
Publication Date: January 01, 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2006030 Pages: 53
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