Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00276.x
Title: Consumption response to government transfers: Behavioral motives revealed by savers and spenders
Authors: Wong, W.-K. 
Issue Date: Oct-2012
Citation: Wong, W.-K. (2012-10). Consumption response to government transfers: Behavioral motives revealed by savers and spenders. Contemporary Economic Policy 30 (4) : 489-501. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00276.x
Abstract: This article surveyed recipients of one-off government transfers in Singapore to investigate to what extent different behavioral motives might have affected their consumption response. It also investigates how the recipients' personal characteristics might have affected their consumption response and the appeal of different motives. In the sample surveyed, savers were mostly motivated by precautionary saving, followed by Ricardian equivalence, whereas spenders were mainly driven by rule of thumb and present bias. The bequest motive turned out to be unimportant. Older, better educated, and economically better-off individuals facing no liquidity constraint were more likely to be savers. © 2011 Western Economic Association International.
Source Title: Contemporary Economic Policy
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52108
ISSN: 10743529
DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.2011.00276.x
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