Housing Habits and Their Implications for Life-Cycle Consumption and Investment

Holger Kraft, Claus Munk, Sebastian Wagner

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We set up and solve a rich life-cycle model of household decisions involving consumption of both perishable goods and housing services, stochastic and unspanned labor income, stochastic house prices, home renting and owning, stock investments, and portfolio constraints. The model features habit formation for housing consumption, which leads to optimal decisions closer in line with empirical observations. Our model can explain (i) that stock investments are low or zero for many young agents and then gradually increasing over life, (ii) that the housing expenditure share is age- and wealth-dependent, (iii) that perishable consumption is more sensitive to wealth and income shocks than housing consumption, and (iv) that non-housing consumption is hump-shaped over life.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
PublisherJohann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesSAFE Working Paper

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