The Effects of the Financial Crisis on Actual and Anticipated Consumption

TitleThe Effects of the Financial Crisis on Actual and Anticipated Consumption
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHurd, MD, Rohwedder, S
Series TitleMichigan Retirement and Disability Research Center Working Paper
Document NumberWP 2011-255
InstitutionMichigan Retirement and Disability Research Center, University of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, Net Worth and Assets, Public Policy, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction

We studied how households adjust their spending in response to the financial crisis. Based on five waves of data from the Consumption and Activities Mail Survey, we quantified the reduction in total consumption and in specific categories of consumption in the older population at large and by stock ownership, both as a proxy for wealth and to test assumptions about whether stock ownership was associated with different responses. In particular, we compared consumption changes between 2007 and 2009 with consumption changes over prior years. We used panel data on anticipated changes in spending at retirement to quantify the effects of the financial crisis on well- being in retirement via a difference-in-differences approach.

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Consumption/household spending/household spending/great Recession/retirement planning

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