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Monetary policy transmission through the consumption-wealth channel

Paper for a conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York entitled Financial Innovation and Monetary Transmission
Economic Policy Review , Volume 8 , Issue May , Pages 117-133

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Monetary policy transmission through the consumption-wealth channel : commentary

Paper for a conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York entitled Financial Innovation and Monetary Transmission
Economic Policy Review , Volume 8 , Issue May , Pages 135-138

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The automatic fiscal stabilizers: quietly doing their thing - commentary

Economic Policy Review , Issue Apr , Pages 69-74

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What do chain store sales tell us about consumer spending?

Released at both weekly and monthly intervals, chain store indexes provide a timely measure of the sales performance of large retail companies. This article investigates whether the indexes can also play a role in tracking and forecasting consumer spending as a whole. The authors begin by exploring the extent to which developments in chain store sales are representative of retail sales trends overall. They then conduct formal statistical tests of the relationship between chain store data and official measures of total retail sales and personal consumption expenditure. They find that monthly ...
Economic Policy Review , Volume 2 , Issue Oct , Pages 15-35

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Does consumer confidence forecast household expenditure? a sentiment index horse race

This article is the first formal investigation of consumer attitudes that compares the forecasting power of the University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment and the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index. The authors find that measures available from the Conference Board have both economically and statistically significant explanatory power for several categories of consumer spending. By contrast, measures available from the University of Michigan generally exhibit weaker forecasting power for most categories of spending. As part of their analysis, the authors examine the ways ...
Economic Policy Review , Volume 4 , Issue Jun , Pages 59-78

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How important is the stock market effect on consumption?

Many argue that the astonishing growth in Americans' stock portfolios in the 1990s has been a major force behind the growth of consumer spending. This article reviews the relationship between stock market movements and consumption. Using various econometric techniques and specifications, the authors find that the propensity to consume out of aggregate household wealth has exhibited instability over the postwar period. They also show that the dynamic response of consumption growth to an unexpected change in wealth is extremely short-lived, implying that forecasts of consumption growth one or ...
Economic Policy Review , Volume 5 , Issue Jul , Pages 29-51

Journal Article
The automatic fiscal stabilizers: quietly doing their thing

Economic Policy Review , Issue Apr , Pages 35-67

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The distorting effects of the inflation premium on personal income and expenditures

New England Economic Review , Issue Sep , Pages 10-24

Discussion Paper
Lifestyle prices and production

Using scanner data and time diaries, we document how households substitute time for money through shopping and home production. We find evidence that there is substantial heterogeneity in prices paid across households for identical consumption goods in the same metro area at any given point in time. For identical goods, prices paid are highest for middle-aged, rich, and large households, consistent with the hypothesis that shopping intensity is low when the cost of time is high. The data suggest that a doubling of shopping frequency lowers the price paid for a given good by approximately 10 ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 05-3

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Wealth shocks and macroeconomic dynamics

The effect of wealth on consumption is an issue of longstanding interest to economists. Analysts believe that fluctuations in household wealth have driven major swings in economic activity. This paper considers so-called wealth effects?the impact of changes in wealth on household consumption and the overall macroeconomy. There is an extensive existing literature on wealth effects, but there are also many unanswered issues and questions. This paper reviews the important issues regarding the role wealth plays in the macroeconomy and argues that there is a need for much more wealth effect ...
Public Policy Discussion Paper , Paper 13-4

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