Does inequality matter for the consumption-wealth channel? Empirical evidence

Abstract : This paper studies the heterogeneity of the marginal propensity to consume out of wealth based on French household surveys. This heterogeneity is driven by differences in both wealth composition and wealth levels. We find a 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 tends to be higher compared with the effect of housing assets, except at the top of the wealth distribution. The marginal propensity to consume out of housing wealth increases with debt pressure and depends on debt composition.
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Luc Arrondel, Pierre Lamarche, Frédérique Savignac. Does inequality matter for the consumption-wealth channel? Empirical evidence. European Economic Review, Elsevier, 2019, 111, pp.139-165. ⟨10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.09.002⟩. ⟨halshs-02072865⟩

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