Tag Archives: MPC

Household Debt and the Dynamic Effects of Income Tax Changes

From James Cloyne and Paolo Surico: This paper investigates a new channel in the transmission of fiscal policy: household debt. Using a long span of expenditure survey data and a new narrative measure of exogenous income tax changes for the UK, … Continue reading

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Heterogeneity in the MPC: Evidence from the Crisis

We find evidence supportive of heterogeneity in the MPC by household income and leverage. For example, the MPC for households living in zip codes with an average annual income of less than $35 thousand is three times as large as … Continue reading

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Will Housing Save the U.S. Economy? by Amir Sufi

Sufi has a short paper on this issue that is worth reading. My bottom line is that we need to temper our optimism on what  a housing recovery can do for the U.S. economy. I agree that house prices will continue … Continue reading

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Boosting Growth: The Spending and Debt Responses to Minimum Wage Hikes

Aaronson, Daniel, Sumit Agarwal, and Eric French have a recent AER paper on the consumption patterns of households with minimum wage recipients following minimum wage increases. Immediately following a minimum wage hike, household income rises on average by about $250 per … Continue reading

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Fiscal Policy and MPC Heterogeneity

Tullio Jappelli and Luigi Pistaferri have a recent paper called Fiscal Policy and MPC Heterogeneity. Here’s an interesting figure from it that shows how MPC varies by cash-on-hand: They aren’t the only ones who document MPC heterogeneity. Dynan, Skinner, Zeldes  have a … Continue reading

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