Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 337: On Consumption Bunching under Campbell-Cochrane Habit Formation

Lars Ljungqvist () and Harald Uhlig ()
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Lars Ljungqvist: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden
Harald Uhlig: CentER for Economic Research, Postal: Tilburg University, Postbus 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands

Abstract: Campbell and Cochrane (1999) propose a preference specification that can explain a wide variety of asset pricing puzzles such as the high equity premium. They augment the basic power utility function with a time-varying subsistence level, or "habit", which is in the spirit of "catching up with the Joneses" but with a novel nonlinear mapping of consumption into habit. This paper demonstrates a surprising implication of the Campbell-Cochrane preference specification: consumption bunching is desirable.

Keywords: Catching-up-with-the-Joneses preferences; habit; consumption bunching

JEL-codes: E21

12 pages, October 22, 1999

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