- BESS at MNB 2010. január 13: Szeidl Ádám "Consumption Commitments and Risk Preferences" (társszerző: Raj Chetty )
BESS at MNB 2010. január 13: Szeidl Ádám "Consumption Commitments and Risk Preferences" (társszerző: Raj Chetty )nyomtatás
Időpont: 2010. január 13. 15.15 óra
Adam Szeidl (University of California, Berkeley)
Many households devote a large fraction of their budgets to consumption commitments -- goods that involve transaction costs and are infrequently adjusted. This paper characterizes risk preferences in an expected utility model with commitments. We show that commitments aect risk preferences in two ways: (1) they amplify risk aversion with respect to moderate-stake shocks and (2) they create a motive to take large-payoff gambles. The model thus helps resolve two basic puzzles in expected utility theory: the discrepancy between moderate-stake and large-stake risk aversion and lottery playing by insurance buyers. We discuss applications of the model such as the optimal design of social insurance and tax policies, added worker effects in labor supply, and portfolio choice. Using event studies of unemployment shocks, we document evidence consistent with the consumption adjustment patterns implied by the model.
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