Department of Economics
University of Texas at Austin
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2011||Intergenerational Redistribution in the Great Recession|
with Jonathan Heathcote, Dirk Krueger, José-Víctor Ríos-Rull: w16924
In this paper we construct a stochastic overlapping-generations general equilibrium model in which households are subject to aggregate shocks that affect both wages and asset prices. We use a calibrated version of the model to quantify how the welfare costs of severe recessions are distributed across different household age groups. The model predicts that younger cohorts fare better than older cohorts when the equilibrium decline in asset prices is large relative to the decline in wages, as observed in the data. Asset price declines hurt the old, who rely on asset sales to finance consumption, but benefit the young, who purchase assets at depressed prices. In our preferred calibration, asset prices decline more than twice as much as wages, consistent with the experience of the US economy i...