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Short-term real velocity growth types

Isn’t real growth per capita in all but housing square footage consumption and/or investment still inflation?
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Downloading disaggregated prices and weights for the US

For a thesis, I would have to download disaggregated price indices for the US. I managed to download disaggregated Prices from the BEA. However, the weights are not included. I could also download ...
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What is the difference between consumption smoothing and risk smoothing?

So there is a body of literature that talks about consumption smoothing (e.g. Rosenzweig & Stark 1989) and another body of literature that talks about risk smoothing in the context of insurance. ...
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Economic interpretation of assumption on utility function

Suppose $u\colon \mathbb{R}_{>0} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a utility function, twice continously differentiable, $u' > 0, u'' < 0$, and the classic Inada conditions hold, i.e., $\lim_{c \to \infty} ...
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Consumption CAPM and compounded risk free rate [closed]

I am studying consumption CAPM and trying to prove, assuming lognormal consumption growth one can show that the continuously compounded risk-free rate is:
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Do consumers consume when MPC = MPB

Just need some clarification on an issue im having. Correct me if im wrong, but in the overconsumption of a demerit, consumers consume at S=D as their marginal personal benefit = to their marginal ...
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For any small perturbation dx, utility cannot change, or else, x* would not be optimal

I am having trouble understanding something that Varian says in "Microeconomic Analysis: Third Edition." For those of you who have the book handy, the question that I have regards something ...
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Is there a place to get raw consumer data?

I was looking at an app on Iphone which allows people to track their meals, and trying to think, how would I build variance of taste into an economics sim ? And the only thing I can think is raw ...
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Closed form solution to consumption-saving model in discrete time

Consider the simplest consumption-savings model of the following form: $$ \max_{\{c_t,a_{t+1}\}_t}\mathbb{E_0}\sum_{t\geq 0} \beta^tu(c_t) \\ a_{t+1} + c_t = (1+r)a_t + y_t \\ y_t \mid y_{t-1} \sim F $...
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Optimal level of consumption in discrete time model with quadratic preferences and infinite horizon

I am trying to derive an expression for the optimal level of consumption in the basic problem: $ max \hspace{1cm} U_t = E_t \left[\sum_{s=t}^{\infty} \beta^{s-t} \left( C_s - a\frac{Cs}{2}^2 \right) ...
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Why do companies and stores never seem to take into consideration the fact that few people want ugly colours of the same product?

In 1997, I traveled far and wide to hunt down an original Tamagotchi. Whereas everyone else had one of the numerous clones, often with many more features, I had to have the real Tamagotchi. When I ...
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Macroeconomics, price setting and wage setting [closed]

What happens to prcie setting and wage setting when consumption falls? I already looked at what happens to IS-curve and LM-curve.
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Adding scaled CRRA utility

Suppose our utility function is the usual CRRA utility with $\gamma=2$ so that: $$u(C) = \frac{C^{1-\gamma}}{1-\gamma} = -\frac{1}{C}$$ Now suppose there are 2 goods, A and B, available for ...
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Some basic Consumption CAPM questions

Say we are in a world described by the consumption CAPM. All investors in this world have quadratic utility. Also, assume that consumption is as follows: $$c_{t+1} = (1+m_t)c_t + s_t c_t e_t $$ where ...
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IS curve, interest rate and consumption

It is possible for the interest rate to affect the expenditure with consumption. An increase in the interest rate could, in principle, lead to increases in savings and, that way, to a decrease in ...
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What is the no ponzi condition for this representative consumer problem? Tags: Initial condition, no-ponzi game

This question is following Farhi et.al. 2014's consumer budget constraint modified to add a government bond and removing money. A simplified version is given below which is pertinent to the question. $...
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Is $(\mathbb{R}^m)^n$ the real coordinate space of dimension $m\cdot n$?

Very simple question here: say that there are n individuals and each individual $i\leq n$ has a consumption bundle $x_i\in \mathbb{R}^m$ (i.e. there are $m$ types of goods). Suppose that social ...
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What's the conclusion of PIH and LCH?

Both the Life Cycle Hypothesis and Permanent Income Hypothesis concludes the same that permanent income, not the current income, is the primary determinant of consumption. If that is true, then how ...
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How can you interpret one of the parameters of optimal consumption at the Merton portfolio problem?

Statement: Let the dynamics of wealth of the agent satisfy $$dX_{t} = \pi_tX_t\Big(\mu dt+\sigma dB_{t}\Big)- c_t X_t dt, \qquad \textrm{with}\quad X_0=x_0 \in \mathbb{R},$$ where $(\pi,c)$ is an ...
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Why doesn't Nintendo fire up the old factories and re-produce *exact* copies of many of their most popular games, controllers and consoles?

Let's suppose that Nintendo announce tomorrow that they are going to create exact re-releases of the American and European NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 consoles, exactly the same as when they were ...
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Estimating $dL/dw$ with direct dependencies using total differential

I have $U(C,L) = U(C) - v(L)$ where $C$ is consumption and $L$ is labor supply. From my first order conditions, $C$ is a function of $w$, wage, and $L$. $L$ is a function of $w$ and $C$. Leisure is $N ...
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Does salary contribute to GDP under the expenditure approach?

The question really confuses me. On one hand, we can consider the wages as purchasing services from employees. On the other hand, the salary is also part of the cost of the products, thus it isn't &...
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Why do low-income earners tend to spend more?

I am reading an article in the Economist. It is discussing the China's unbalanced economy especially the lower household consumption proportion in GDP than the global average. The writer thinks the ...
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What would be the economic effect of widespread instances of individuals paying off consumer debt?

In light of the economic impact of the recent shutdowns in response to COVID-19, the Australian Government is considering bringing forward planned tax cuts, that were do to be implemented gradually ...
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Relation between demands of $x, y$ and $z$

Question: Consider a consumer with utility function $U(x,y,z)=y\min\{x,z\}$. The prices of all three goods are the same. The consumer has $100 to spend on these three goods.The demands will be such ...
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Does anybody knows where I should look for a proxy for consumption to estimate a two factor C-CAPM?

Has anybody seen, any textbook recommendation that refers to the proper proxy for consumption. I am trying to estimate a two factor consumption CAPM, namely we I add a second factor apart from ...
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How does the GDP multiplier work?

When we learn about the GDP multiplier, it is portrayed as 1/MPS, because savings are supposedly a leak out of consumer spending. However, what I don't understand is aren't those savings spent anyways ...
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Why Does Deficit Spending Work Without a Liquidity Trap?

My understanding is that in a functioning economy, the financial market clears when the nominal interest rate is above zero. It is only when it reaches zero that a liquidity trap occurs and the ...
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Why does the aggregate consumer spending decrease due to to lower expected future disposable income instead of MPC?

This illustration is from Krugman's macroeconomics textbook, it's supposed to illustrate following situation (assuming that it happened for many people): Conversely, suppose you have a good job but ...
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Does the investment component of GDP (demand side) identity include expenditures by the government and households?

In the identity GDP=C+I+G+(X-M) does "I" include expenditures by the government and households? For example, if a construction firm builds new residential properties and a household buys this ...
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Marginal rate of substitution notation:

I am having a dumb doubt in writing some slides for an undergraduate class. I want to be consistent with the use in microeconomics but this easy thing is really bugging me: Mas-colell pag. 54 $ ...
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MPC and MPS relationship

I have a question from an old assignment that I cant wrap my head around. ...
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On demand functions and Engel curves

A consumer has utility function $U(x,y)=(x−2)y$, where $x≥2$ and $y≥0$. The price of $x$ is $P_x$, the price of $y$ is $P_y$ and the consumer's income is $I>2P_x$. ($x$ and $y$ do not have to be ...
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GDP(Expenditure view of GDP): /Why aren't investments categorized as non-final goods?

My understanding is that consumption = consumption of final goods = whatever consumers buy from companies (with an adjustment for export-import-process + maybe housing is slightly different (not ...
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Is Buy Nothing Day a classist protest of Black Friday?

I hope this isn't off topic, it seems specifically economic to me even though it probably intersects with other fields of study. Black Friday is seen as an iconic hallmark of consumerism, and Buy ...
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What is Economic Interpretation of three nonlinear equations?

I have the following nonlinear system $w$ is wealth $c$ is consumption $r(w)$ is gross return on wealth $a,b, d$ are parameters which are strictly positive and fixed. $$\dot{w} =r(w)w-c$$ $$\...
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Why salaries counted under Government expenditure in GDP

In the expenditure approach of GDP calculation, why are government employee's salary counted under Government approach while for private firms, we don't count salaries. I am unable to understand if ...
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How to prove that the walrasian demand function $x(p,w)$ is continuous in $p$ and $w$?

If the utility function $u$ is continuous and satisfies local nonsatiation, and walrasian demand function $x(p, w)$ is a function (i.e. always map to only single values), how to prove that $x(p,w)$ is ...
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Why does strictly Walrasian demand with quasi-concave utility function mean that the walrasian demand having only one single consumption bundle?

In the context of Walrasian demand: Suppose u is continuous, satisfies local nonsatiation, and is strictly quasi-concave, each $w(p, x)$ contains a single consumption bundle. The proof I got from a ...
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Interpretation of coefficients in ECM for consumption

Say that we are regressing consumption $C_t$ on time $Y_t$. Furthermore, suppose that both series are $I(1)$ and are co-integrated. Given this, we set up the error correction model (ECM) as follows: $...
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Numerical Solution Using Excel about optimal consumption of households

I'm not sure how to solve this problem. I'm given the discount factor, interest rate, probability of high income shock, and various income shock sizes that I need to use to compute optimal consumption....
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Good source for marginal propensity to consume by country?

Is there a good data source that aggregates the MPCs of various countries? Thanks.
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Does higher tax on luxury goods does more harm than benefit?

I was studying Fiscal policy and I came across measures to reduce income inequality by using fiscal tools. One of the tool mentioned in that was - Higher taxes on luxury goods This makes sense that ...
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Relationship b/w consumption & increase in interest rate

Please help me clarify this- Case 1 - If interest rates increase then people will save more to reap the benefits and will cut down on their consumption(C) so Consumption will fall. Case 2 - Due to ...
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Why do the income and substitution effects cancel for log preferences? Trouble reconciling Slutsky decomposition

I've read (pg 10) in Gourinchas' notes on consumption that the income and substitution effects cancel for log preferences, and I tried to prove this to myself doing the Slutsky decomposition for the ...
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What is the trade-off between? Consumption and Leisure or Income and Leisure?

When first presenting the utility function and its arguments, textbooks typically start by stating that utility is a function of consumption and leisure. See for example https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/...
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Did real interest rates decrease during the Great Recession

Assuming the stock market/housing market crash decreased consumer wealth, decreased business confidence, and decreased expected appreciation rates on houses (thus increasing perceived user cost of ...
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Autonomous spending

"The term $\left(c_{0}+IQ+G-c_{1}T\right)$ is that part of the demand for goods that does not depend on output here ($c_{1}$ is mpc)." Can someone please explain how will you interpret government ...
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lifetime consumption explained

The formula for today's consumption is defined as: $$C = Y - T -S^P $$ That being said the consumption of tomorrow is: $$C' = Y' - T' + S^P(1+r)$$ Could anyone possibly explain to me why the ...
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Market baskets: cross-border comparisons

The concept of a market or consumer basket is quite intuitive. I assume a market basket for a given country tells for which goods an average person spends how much of her money. To be able to compare ...