An Empirical Investigation into The Permanent Income Hypothesis: Further Evidence from the Canadian Data

Applied Economics, 1996, 28, 1451-1461

Posted: 31 Mar 2013

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Tony S. Wirjanto

University of Waterloo - School of Accounting and Finance; University of Waterloo, Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

Various empirical specifications of the permanent income model are investigated using Canadian aggregate data. Tests for structural changes with known and unknown change point are applied to the models estimated by the generalized method of moments. The proportion of current income individuals is estimated significantly in the range of 0.26 -0.29, while the estimates of the intertemporal elasticity of substitution fall in the range of 0.06-0.08 and are statistically significant. Current income consumers appear to respond to labour income with a fraction of lag, and this fraction is significantly estimated at about 0.85. Lastly there appears to be a decline in liquidity constraints that reflects the financial deregulation in the 1980s. However there is no strong evidence to suggest a substantial long-term decline in the importance of liquidity constraints.

Keywords: Permanent Income, Current Income, Liquidity Constraint, Generalized Method of Moments

JEL Classification: C13, C22, C32, C52, D91, G12, E21

Suggested Citation

Wirjanto, Tony S., An Empirical Investigation into The Permanent Income Hypothesis: Further Evidence from the Canadian Data (1996). Applied Economics, 1996, 28, 1451-1461, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2241843

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