Intertemporal substitution in public and private consumption - long-run evidence from the US and the UK

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This paper explores the question whether public and private consumption fluctuations in the US and the UK are interrelated. Based on annual historical data we find that government consumption is a normal substitute for private consumption. The share of public consumption in the individual consumption bundle ranges from 5 to 10% for the full sample periods (including wartime years). However, unrestricted estimation yields negative rates of time preference and restricted estimation leads to a rejection of the intertemporal substitution model of consumption. In addition, the applicability of the model of intertemporal substitution with respect to government consumption behaviour is tested: governments have a significantly higher intertemporal substitution elasticity than the individual consumer.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)355-370
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftEconomic Modelling
Volume16
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 03 aug 1999

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