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1 Micro Data For Macro Models Topic 2: Lifecycle Consumption

2 Part A: Overview of Lifecycle Expenditures

3 Why Do We Care About Lifecycle Expenditure? Why is it important? -Learn about household preferences broadly C.E.S. vs. log vs. other / Habits? / Status? -Estimate preference parameters intertemporal elasticity of substitution/ risk aversion/ discount rate -Learn about income process permanent vs. transitory shocks / expected vs. unexpected -Learn about financial markets/constraints liquidity constraints / risk sharing arrangements -Learn about policy responses spending after tax rebates, fiscal multipliers, etc.

4 Why Do We Care (continued)? The big picture with consumption: -Use estimated parameters to calibrate models -Understand business cycle volatility -Conduct policy experiments (social security reform, health care reform, tax reform, etc.) -Estimate responsiveness to fiscal or monetary policy -Broadly understand household behavior

5 How We Will Proceed The outline of the next part of the lecture: -Understand lifecycle consumption movements oIllustrative of how one fact can spawn multiple theories. oShow how a little more data can refine the theories oIllustrate the empirical importance of the Beckerian consumption model (i.e, incorporating home production and leisure).

6 Fact 1: Lifecycle Expenditures Plot: Adjusted for cohort and family size fixed effects

7 Define Non-Durable Consumption (70% of outlays) Use a measure of non-durable consumption + housing services Non-durable consumption includes: Food (food away + food at home)Entertainment Services Alcohol and TobaccoUtilities Non-Durable TransportationCharitable Giving Clothing and Personal CareNet Gambling Receipts Domestic ServicesAirfare Housing services are computed as: Actual Rent (for renters) Imputed Rent (for home owners) – Impute rent two ways Exclude: Education (2%), Health (6%), Non Housing Durables (16%), and Other (5%) >

8 Empirical Strategy: Lifecycle Profile of Expenditure Estimate: (1) where is real expenditure on category k by household i in year t. Note: All expenditures deflated by corresponding product-level NIPA deflators. Cohort it = year-of-birth (5 year range – i.e., ) D t = Vector of normalized year dummies (See Hall (1968)) Family Composition Controls: Household size dummies, Number of Children Dummies Marital status dummies, Detailed Age of Children Dummies

9 Fact 2: Hump Shaped Profile – By Education From Attanasio and Weber (2009)

10 Fact 3: Retirement Consumption Dynamics From Bernheim, Skinner and Weinberg (AER 2001)

11 The Puzzle? (Friedman, Modigliani, Hall, etc.) {N t, V t } are permanent and transitory mean zero shocks to income with underlying variances equal to σ 2 N and σ 2 V

12 Preferences

13 Euler Equation

14 What Are Potential Taste Shifters Over Life Cycle 1.Family Size oMakes some difference oHump shaped pattern still persists oSee Facts 1 and 3 (above) – these were estimated taking out detailed family size controls. 2.Other Taste Shifters (that change over the lifecycle – for a given individual)?

15 15 Fact 4: Deaton and Paxson (1994) “Intertemporal Choice and Inequality” (JPE) Hypotheses: PIH implies that for any cohort of people born at the same time, inequality in both consumption and income should grow with age. How much consumption inequality grows informs researchers about: o Lifecycle shocks to permanent income o Insurance mechanisms available to households. Data:U.S., Great Britain, and Taiwan

16 16 Deaton and Paxson Methodology (U.S. Application) Variance of Residual Variation Compute variance of ε k it at each age and cohort Regress variance of ε k it on age and cohort dummies Plot age coefficients (deviation from 25 year olds) Note: This is my application of the Deaton/Paxson Methodology (very similar in spirit to theirs).

17 Fact 4: Deaton-Paxson Cross Sectional Dispersion: With and With Out Housing Services

18 Cross Sectional Variance of Total Nondurables for 25 Year Olds = 0.16

19 Fact 4: Deaton-Paxson Cross Sectional Dispersion: With and With Out Housing Services Cross Sectional Variance of Total Nondurables for 25 Year Olds = 0.16

20 Questions: 1.What Else Drives the Hump Shaped Expenditure Profile? 2.Why Does Expenditures (on food) Fall Sharply At Retirement? 3.Why Does Cross Sectional Consumption Inequality Increase Over the Lifecycle?

21 Explanations for Questions (1) and/or (2) Liquidity Constraints and Impatience - Gourinchas and Parker (2002) Myopia - Keynes (and others) Time Inconsistent Preferences (with liquidity constraints) - Angeletos et al (2001) Habits and Impatience Non-Separable Preferences Between Consumption and Leisure - Heckman (1974) Home Production/Work Related Expenses - Aguiar and Hurst (2005, 2008)

22 Part B: Gourinchas and Parker (2002)

23 Gourinchas and Parker (2002) “Consumption Over the Lifecycle” (Econometrica) You should read this paper. Estimates lifecycle consumption profiles in the presence of realistic labor income uncertainty (via calibration). Use CEX data on consumption (synthetic cohorts). Estimates the riskiness of income profiles (from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics) and feeds those into the model. Use the model and the observed pattern of lifecycle profiles of expenditure to estimate preference parameters (risk aversion and the discount rate).

24 Gourinchas and Parker Structure Impose some liquidity constraints on model: W t > some exogenous level

25 Goal of Gourinchas-Parker: Estimate Utility Parameters Intertemporal elasticity of substitution (I.E.S.) (1/ρ) Risk Aversion (ρ) Time Discount Factor (β = 1/(1+ δ)) Note:Risk aversion = (1/I.E.S.) with CES preferences

26 Why is the I.E.S. (1/ρ) important? The intertemporal elasticity of substitution determines how levels of consumption respond over time to changes in the price of consumption over time (which is the real interest rate – or more broadly – the real return on assets). This parameter is important for many macro applications. Economics: Raising interest rates lowers consumption today (substitution effect) Raising interest rates raises consumption today (income effect – if net saver) Consumption tomorrow unambiguously rises

27 Graphical Illustration – No Substitution Effect 1 2 period C Low interest rate High interest rate ΔC 2 = X ΔC 1 = X With only an income effect – consumption growth rate will not respond to interest rate changes. Estimate of (1/ρ) = 0.

28 Graphical Illustration – With Substitution Effect 1 2 period C Low interest rate High interest rate ΔC 2 > X ΔC 1 < X As the substitution effect gets stronger, the growth rate of consumption increases more as interest rates increase. Estimate of (1/ρ) > 0.

29 One Way to Estimate I.E.S.

30 Issues With Estimating I.E.S. Use of data source (micro or aggregate) Forecast of future interest rates? Correlation of forecast of interest rate with error term (things that make interest rates go up could be news about permanent income – which affect consumption). Hall (1988) “Intertemporal Substitution in Consumption” (JPE; 1/ρ = 0) Attanasio and Weber (1993) “Consumption Growth, the Interest Rate and Aggregation” (ReStud; 1/ρ = ). Vissing-Jorgensen (2002) “Limited Asset Market Participation and the Elasticity of Intertemporal Substitution” (JPE; 1/ρ = 0.3 (stockholders) and 1/ρ = 0.8 (bondholder).

31 Gournichas-Parker Methodology: Calibration Choose preference parameters that match the lifecycle profiles of consumption given the mean and variance of income process. Use synthetic individuals (based on education and occupation) Using PSID Computed “G” from the data (mean growth rate of income over the lifecycle). Estimated the variances from the data. Using CEX Compute lifecycle profiles of consumption Compute lifecycle profile of wealth/income (at beginning of life)

32 Intuition No Uncertainty: No “Buffer Stock Behavior” (uncertainty coupled with liquidity constraints) Consumption growth determined by Rβ (where β = 1/(1+δ)) With Income Uncertainty Buffer stock behavior takes place (household reduce consumption and increase saving to insure against future income shocks). Consumption will track income if households are sufficiently “impatient” Sufficiently Impatient with Uncertainty: RβE[(GN) -ρ ] < 1

33 Results Estimates (Base Specification): δ= 4.2% - 4.7% (higher than chosen r = 3.6%) ρ= 0.5 – 1.4(1/ρ = 0.6 – 2.0) Interpretation Early in the lifecycle, households act as “buffer stock households”. As income growth is “high”, consumption tracks income (do not want to accumulate too much debt to smooth consumption because of income risk) In the later part of the lifecycle, consumption falls because households are sufficiently impatient such that δ > r.

34 Gourinchas-Parker Conclusions Optimizing model of household behavior with income risk can match the lifecycle profile of household consumption Liquidity constraints can explain early life patterns. Impatience explains the late lifecycle patterns. Households face significant labor earnings risk (holding assets early in lifecycle even though they are impatient). Take Away:Households are sufficiently impatient Households face non-trivial income risk (even in middle age).

35 Part C: The Beckerian Model of Consumption

36 Ghez and Becker (1975); Aguiar, Hurst and Karabarbounis (2011) subject to: Let μ, λ, θ, and κ be the respective multipliers on the time budget constraint, the money budget constraint, the positive hours constraint and the positive assets constraint. Assume U(.) is additively separable across time and across goods. ψ= is vector of wages, commodity prices (p), taxes and transfers ( assume C.E.S., CRS)

37 First Order Conditions If θ = 0 (L > 0), price of time (in permanent income units) (μ/λ = w) More generally (given L often = 0), μ/λ = ω

38 First Order Conditions Intra-period tradeoff between time and goods: (1) Marginal rate of transformation between time and goods in production of n is equated to the relative price of time.

39 First Order Conditions A few assumptions: oF i is constant elasticity of substitution op i ’s are constant over time Some algebra (2) (3) Note: To get (3), sub (2) into (1)

40 Static First Order Condition The static F.O.C. pins down expenditure relative to time inputs. If we know σ and the change in the opportunity cost of time, we should be able to pin down the relative movement in expenditures relative to time. %ΔX i -%ΔH i =σ i %Δω Notice, this equation does not require us to make any assumptions about borrowing or lending, perfect foresight, etc.

41 More Intuition (Assume separability in c n ’s) Differentiate FOC for x n with respect to ω holding λ constant. Get: This is just Ghez and Becker (1975) Need to compare the intra-elasticity of substitution between time and goods (σ) to the elasticity of substitution in utility across consumption goods (γ). Note:Complicates mapping of expenditures into permanent income in general and the estimation of Engel curves in particular.

42 Different Than Standard Predictions Differentiate FOC for x n with respect to ω holding λ constant. Get: Spending should fall the most (with declines in the marginal value of wealth) for goods that have high elasticities of substitution (high income elasticities).

43 Implications For given resources (λ): – As the price of time increases, consumers substitute market goods for time (X i increases) – depends on σ i – As the price of time increases, consumers substitute to goods (periods) in which consumption is “cheaper” (X i falls) – depends on γ i What goods have high/low σ: -High σ: goods for which home production is an available margin of substitution (e.g., food) -Low σ: goods for which time and spending are complements (e.g., entertainment goods) What goods have high/low γ: -High γ: goods which have a high income elasticity (luxuries) -Low γ:goods which have a low income elasticity (necessities)

44 Predictions: Lifecycle Movements Gourinchas and Parker model (and most other models) oLuxuries (entertainment) should decline more late in life relative to necessities (food) oNo importance of changing opportunity cost of time over lifecycle Beckerian Model oGoods for which home production is important can move over the lifecycle in ways that are different than goods for which expenditure and time are complements. oIf opportunity cost of time declines after middle age, food may decline more than entertainment later in life.

45 Part D: Tests for Beckerian Model of Consumption

46 Test 1: Aguiar and Hurst “Consumption vs. Expenditure” (JPE 2005)

47 47 Question What causes the decline in spending for households at the time of retirement? Bernheim, Skinner, and Weinberg (AER 2001) “What Accounts for the Variation in Retirement Wealth Among U.S. Households” oPeople do not plan for retirement (myopic) Banks, Blundell, and Tanner (AER 1998) “Is There a Retirement Savings Puzzle” oPeople get bad news (on average) at retirement (shock to λ) Hundreds of other papers documenting similar patterns for different countries. Do not think about the cost of time changing with retirement.

48 Fact 3: Retirement Consumption Dynamics From Bernheim, Skinner and Weinberg (AER 2001)

49 49 Our Approach: Measuring Consumption Directly Main Data Set: Continuing Survey of Food Intake of Individuals (CSFII) – Conducted by Department of Agriculture – Cross Sectional / Household Level Survey – Two recent waves: Wave 1 ( ) ; Wave 2 ( ) – Nationally Representative – Multi Day Interview – All individuals within the household are interviewed (C at individual level) – Tracks final food intake (not intermediate goods --- think about a cake) Detailed food expenditure, demographic, earnings, employment, and health measures Large sample sizes: –6,700 households in CSFII-91 –8,100 households in CSFII-96 Focus on intake NOT expenditure!

50 50 Actual Consumption Data (CSFII) The key to the data: 24 hour food intake diaries (asked for all days in the survey) Diaries are detailed: –Amount of food item consumed (detailed 8 digit food codes) –Brand of food item (often unusable by researchers) –Cooking method –Condiments added Dept of Agriculture converts the total day’s food intake into several nutritional measures (calories, protein, saturated fat, total fat, vitamin C, riboflavin, etc.). –The conversion is made using all food diary data (i.e., brand, whether cooked with butter).

51 51 8 digit food codes: Cheese Example 18 of the digit codes for cheese CHEESE, BLUE OR ROQUEFORT CHEESE, BRICK CHEESE, BRICK, W/ SALAMI CHEESE, BRIE CHEESE, NATURAL, CHEDDAR OR AMERICAN TYPE CHEESE, CHEDDAR OR AMERICAN TYPE, DRY, GRATED CHEESE, COLBY CHEESE, COLBY JACK CHEESE, GOUDA OR EDAM CHEESE, GRUYERE CHEESE, LIMBURGER CHEESE, MONTEREY CHEESE, MONTEREY, LOWFAT CHEESE, MOZZARELLA, NFS (INCLUDE PIZZA CHEESE) CHEESE, MOZZARELLA, WHOLE MILK CHEESE, MOZZARELLA, PART SKIM (INCL ""LOWFAT"") CHEESE, MOZZARELLA, LOW SODIUM CHEESE, MOZZARELLA, NONFAT OR FAT FREE

52 52 Changes in “Spending” At Retirement Run: ln(x i ) = γ 0 + γ 1 Retired i + γ 2 Z i + error i Retired i is a dummy variable equal to 1 if the household head is retired. Instrument Retired i status with age dummies (potential endogeneity) Z includes: race, sex, health, region, time, family structure controls Sample: Relatively “young” older households: Heads aged Total food expenditure (x) falls by 17% for retired households (γ 1 ), p-value < 0.01 Other results: –Food expenditure at home falls by 15% –Food expenditure away from home falls by 31%

53 53 Changes in “Consumption” at Retirement How do we turn these food diaries into meaningful measures of consumption? Our approach: 1. Examine Nutritional Quality of Diet (vitamins, cholesterol, fat, calories, etc.) 2.Examine individual goods with strong income elasticities (hotdogs, fruit, yogurt, shellfish, wine) 3.Luxury/Quality goods (e.g. brands vs generics, lean vs. fatty meat) 4. Use structural model to aggregate food consumption data and perform formal PIH test.

54 54 Nutritional Measures Regress: ln(c i ) = α 0 + α 1 ln(y perm ) + demographics > Regress: ln(c i ) = β 0 + β 1 Retired + demographics > Consumption Measure (in logs) Estimated Elasticity (α 1 ) Retirement Effect (β 1 ) Calories -4% (2%) -2% (4%) Protein * -1% (1%) -3% (2%) Vitamin A * 44% (5%) 36% (9%) Vitamin C * 34% (5%) 33% (9%) Vitamin E * 18% (3%) 11% (4%) Calcium* 10% (2%) 13% (4%) Cholesterol * - 26% (3%) -9% (5%) Saturated Fat * - 9% (2%) -7% (3%) * Includes log calories as an additional control ; Include supplements as an additional control. Instrument for retirement status with age; Examined non-linear specifications (not reported) No evidence of any deterioration in diet quality

55 55 Some Specific Consumption Measures Regress: c i = α 0 + α 1 ln(y perm ) + demographics > Regress: c i = β 0 + β 1 Retired + demographics > Consumption Measure (Dummy) Estimated Semi-ElasticityRetirement Effect Eat Fruit 0.25 (0.03) 0.14 (0.04) Eat Yogurt 0.14 (0.02) > 0.01 (0.03) Eat Shellfish 0.05 (0.01) > (0.02) Drink Wine 0.15 (0.02) > (0.03) Eat Oat/Rye/Multigrain Bread 0.10 (0.02) > 0.06 (0.04) Eat Hotdog/Sausage (0.03) > (0.05) Eat Ground beef (0.03) > (0.04) Sample means in > Instrument for retirement status with age Drawback: Tastes could differ across income types Drawback: Categories are broad and do not allow for differences in quality

56 56 Luxury Goods/Quality: My Favorite…. Examine some dimensions of quality: –Eating at restaurants with Table Service –Eating Branded vs. Generic Goods –Eating Lean vs. Fattier Cuts of Meat Restaurants, Brands, and Eating Lean Meat have very STRONG income elasticities in the cross section of working households. If households are unprepared for retirement, we should see them switching away from such consumption goods. No evidence of that in the data.

57 57 Where c 1, ….. c J are quantities of individual consumption categories consumed X is monthly expenditure on food θ is a vector of demographic and health controls (including education, sex, race, family composition, ect.) y perm is the household’s predicted permanent income Estimated on a sample of 40 – 55 year old household heads where the head is working full time. Creating a Food Intake Aggregate

58 58 Permanent income is our numeraire – one unit increase in our consumption index maps into a one percent increase in permanent income. –What are we doing: We project permanent income of household i onto household i’s consumption (controlling for taste shifters). Basically, in a statistical sense, if you tell me what you eat, I can predict your permanent income. Our consumption index is in permanent income dollars! We also did this for households aged who are working fulltime (results did not change). We want to ask if households act like their permanent income has changed once they become retired. Thought Experiment

59 59 Is Our Permanent Income Measure Predictive? Projection of income on consumption and expenditure patterns How well does consumption forecast income? – Split sample into odd and even years (again focusing only on prime age household heads working full time). – Focus only on odd years of our sample (in sample): In sample R-square 0.53 Food consumption on its own explain 21% of variation in income Incremental R-square is 0.12 – Focus on even years (test out of sample): Out of sample R-square: 0.42 Food consumption and expenditure a fairly good predictor of income

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61 61 A Note on the Unemployed Unemployed, on average, should experience some decline in expenditure. Labor studies find that the unemployed (from exogenous plant closings) have earnings that are 5-10 percent lower during the subsequent decade. Can our methodology detect a decline in expenditures for the unemployed? Our study is imperfect – we only have cross sectional data. Using the panel dimension of the PSID, the unemployed experience a reduction in expenditures of about 8 percent (Stephens, 2002). We find a decline of about 15 percent (in expenditures) using our data. In terms of actual consumption intake, we find the unemployed reduce their intake by about 6 percent.

62 62 Conclusions No “Retirement Consumption Puzzle” Technically, preferences between “consumption” and leisure are not substitutes. – Leisure goes up dramatically in retirement (we will show this in a few weeks). – Food consumption (as measured by intake) remains roughly constant (if anything it increases slightly). However, “expenditures” and leisure could still be non-separable. – Non-separability enters through “home production”

63 Test 2: Aguiar and Hurst (2009) “Deconstructing Life Cycle Expenditure”

64 Question What about the lifecycle patterns of consumption more broadly? oCan a Beckerian model explain the declining expenditures post middle age with relying on either: -really impatient consumers? -myopia (or time inconsistent preferences)? Use the disaggregated consumption data by category? Estimate a model on the disaggregated data. -estimate time preference rate -estimate the amount of risk households face

65 Entertainment Spending

66 All Non Decreasing Categories

67 Decreasing Categories

68 Summary (in Log Differences) Consumption CategoryShare Log Change Between 25 and 44 Log Change Between 45 and 59 Log Change Between 60 and 68 Decreasing Categories Food at Home Transportation Clothing/Personal Care Food Away from Home Alcohol and Tobacco Non-Decreasing Categories Housing Services Utilities Entertainment Other Non-Durable Domestic Services

69 69 What About Deaton-Paxson Fact? Examine lifecycle profile of cross sectional inequality by category Goods which have expenditures that increase with market work (due to home production or complementarity) should experience increasing dispersion when the dispersion of work increases. Portion of lifecycle profile of cross sectional inequality due to these goods does NOT inform researchers about: o Lifecycle profile of shocks to permanent income o Insurance mechanisms available to households

70 Dispersion of Propensity to Work Over Life Cycle

71 Cross Sectional Dispersion Over Lifecycle

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73 Cross Sectional Dispersion Over Lifecycle: Figure 6b Core

74 Cross Sectional Dispersion Over Lifecycle: Figure 6b Core

75 Food, Transportation and Clothing Food is amenable to “Beckerian” home production (see Aguiar and Hurst 2005, 2007) No evidence of any decline in food intake over the lifecycle despite declining food expenditures. As opportunity cost of time declines later in life, households substitute towards home production of food (including more intense shopping for bargains). Data (and calibrated model) actual show food intake increases over the back half of the lifecycle

76 Work Related Expenses Transportation, Clothing and Food Away From Home are work related expenses: Lazear and Michael (1980) – Net out work related expenses (clothing and transportation) when making welfare calculations across people Banks et al (1998) and Battistin et al (2008) when measuring consumption changes of retirees Nelson (1989) and DeWeese and Norton (1991) comprising models of “clothing demand”

77 Level of Work Hours Over the Lifecycle

78 New Facts About Food, Clothing, and Transport Look at food away patterns at different types of establishments Look at changes in different amounts of transportation patterns using time use data Estimate “simple” demand systems and control directly for work status

79 Propensity To Eat Away At Home

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85 Control Directly For Work Status Estimate a demand system Control for labor supply (conditional on total expenditures) Estimate: 1)what consumption categories where spending is positively associated with market work 2)to what extent is the decline in spending on clothing, transportation and food away from home attributable to employment status.

86 Estimate Simple Demand System X it is total nondurable expenditures (less alcohol and tobacco, plus housing) for household i in year t. s it k is the share of expenditures in consumption category k out of X it P t k is the price index for consumption category k in year t L it is a vector of work status controls for household i in year t. Note:Instrument lnX it with household total income and education controls

87 1. Simple Demand System Results Restrict sample to married households between age 25 and 50 Use two work status controls: Husband working? Wife working?

88 Simple Demand System Results Restrict sample to married households between age 25 and 50 Use two work status controls: Husband working? Wife working? Consumption CategoryHusband Work?Wife Work? Transportation(0.13) (0.002) (0.002) Clothing/P. Care (0.08) (0.001)0.001 (0.001) Food Away From Home (0.06) (0.001)0.005 (0.001)

89 Simple Demand System Results Restrict sample to married households between age 25 and 50 Use two work status controls: Husband working? Wife working? Consumption CategoryHusband Work?Wife Work? Transportation(0.13) (0.002) (0.002) Clothing/P. Care (0.08) (0.001)0.001 (0.001) Food Away From Home (0.06) (0.001)0.005 (0.001) Housing Services (0.34) (0.003) (0.002) Utilities (0.12) (0.001) (0.001) Food At Home(0.18) (0.002) (0.001) Entertainment(0.04) (0.001)0.000 (0.001)

90 2. Adding Work Controls To the Lifecycle Profile Married Sample, 25 – 75 Work Status Controls: 7 Dummies for Husband Weeks Worked 7 Dummies for Wife Weeks Worked 9 Dummies for Hours per week Husband Worked 9 Dummies for Hours per week Wife Worked Three Categories: Food (food at home and food away) Work Related Expenses (transportation and clothing) Core Non Durables (everything else) Ask: “How do work status controls effect lifecycle profiles?”

91 Demand Estimates, Transportation

92 Demand Estimates, Food Away

93 Demand Estimates, Clothing

94 Level of Lifecycle Expenditure

95 Level of Lifecycle Expenditure (Older Version)

96 What Does it Mean? Write down a model where households maximize utility with three consumption goods and leisure with the following constraints: one good (food) is amenable to home production one good (transport, clothes) are complements to market work there is a time budget constraint Assumptions: o conditional on work, income process is uncertain o take the lifecycle process of work as exogenous o assume that individual receives no utility for the lifecycle component of work related expenses. Other from the disaggregated consumption data (and home production functions), very similar procedure to Gourinchas and Parker.

97 Model: Household Income Risk While Working: Retirement/Disability Shock (R t ) Conditional on R t = 0, there is an age dependent hazard that next period R t+1 = 1.

98 Model: Household Close the model with a standard representative competitive firm. Calibrate the model to match: real interest rate of 4%, aggregate wealth to income ratio of 3.1, average labor supply of prime age workers (of 1/3 time endowment), lifecycle profile of spending on “core” and “home-production”/ “work-related” goods the variance of spending on those goods and the co-variance between the two goods.

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104 Home Production vs. Non-Separable Preferences A Question: Does one need to model the home production sector formally? There is always a mapping between home production (non-separability between X and N through home production technology) and preferences (non-separability between X and N through preferences). oX = expenditures oN = labor However, to match the data, may need to have preference parameters change over time (or states). We will talk more about this in Topic 4.

105 Heckman (1974): Non-Separable Consumption and Leisure

106 Big Picture Wrap Up: Non Separabilities My belief: U(C,N) can be written as u(C) + v(N) However – we do not measure C directly: C = f(x,h) where h is directly related to N (through time budget constraint). We measure X and N in the data. X = f -1 (C,h(N)) Implication: U(X,N) cannot be written as U(X) + V(N).

107 A Short Summary Non Separabilities between X and N (expenditure and labor supply) are important. When is it important to implicitly model the home production sector? When changes to home production technology are important! When care about cross good predictions. When have actual consumption (intake) measures. For most applications, a reduced form assumption that X and N are non- separable can be important. Show a situation (with labor supply) where it may be useful to separate the home production sector separately from preferences.


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