This paper investigates the impact of financial liberalization on the relationship between consumption and total wealth (i.e., the sum of asset wealth and human wealth). We propose a heterogeneous agent framework with incomplete markets where financial liberalization, by signalling a future reduction in the incomplete markets component of consumption growth, increases the current consumption-wealth ratio. From the model, an aggregate long-run relationship is derived between consumption, total wealth and financial liberalization which is estimated by state space methods using quarterly US data.
Journal of Applied Econometrics
Aggregate Consumption and Wealth in the Long Run: The Impact of Financial Liberalization