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Shocks, Stocks and Socks: Consumption Smoothing and the Replacement of Durables During an Unemployment Spell

Browning, Martin; Crossley, Thomas


We present theoretical and empirical results on consumption during an unemployment spell. The theory model extends the conventional intertemporal allocation model to take explicit account of the fact that households buy clothing and small durable goods (such as pillows and plates) that are indivisible, irreversible and non-collateralisable. The theoretical analysis suggests that liquidity constrained agents cut back on expenditures on these small durables during a low income spell much more...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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