Testing the life-cycle hypothesis with a norwegian household panel

Knut Anton Mork, V. Kerry Smith

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This article reports the results of progressive refinements in the models used to test the permanent-income hypothesis. These tests are undertaken with a household panel, constructed from diaries, by the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics. The data combine detailed expenditure and price information with income and wealth data from the government’s tax files for 1975-1977. Using a model that takes account of relative price change and demographic variables, recognizes the effects of durables, and incorporates explicit recognition of the effects of differences in the timing of observations or income innovations and spending, the results indicate that the data are consistent with the permanent-income/life-cycle hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Business and Economic Statistics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Consumption
  • Households
  • Life cycle
  • Panel data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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