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  • SOEPpapers 499 / 2012

    Validating an Ultra-Short Survey Measure of Patience

    This study presents results of the validation of an ultra-short survey measure of patience included in the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Survey responses predict intertemporal choice behavior in incentive-compatible decisions in a representative sample of the German adult population.

    2012| Thomas Vischer, Thomas Dohmen, Armin Falk, David Huffman, Jürgen Schupp, Uwe Sunde, Gert G. Wagner
  • Externe Monographien

    Does Consumption Decline at Retirement? Evidence from Repeated Cross-Section Data for Germany

    The life-cycle hypothesis implies that consumption would not decline at retirement. However, several studies found relevant declines in food consumption after retirement for the United States. Others concluded that this contradiction of the life-cycle hypothesis is solved by allowing for broader measures of consumption than food. Using repeated crosssection data for Germany, this paper analyzes the ...

    Berlin: Freie Univ. Berlin, FB Wirtschaftswiss., 2012, 24 S.
    (Discussion Paper / School of Business & Economics ; 2012,14)
    | Martin Beznoska, Viktor Steiner
  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    Implications of Mandatory Registration of Mobile Phone Users in Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa ranks among the top regions in terms of growth in the number of mobile phone users. The success of mobile telephony is attributed to the opening of markets for private players and lenient regulatory policy. However, markets may be increasingly saturated and new regulations introduced across Africa could also have a negative impact on future growth. Since 2006, the majority of countries ...

    In: Telecommunications Policy 36 (2012), 8, S. 608-620 | Nicola Jentzsch
  • Diskussionspapiere 1120 / 2011

    The Strategic Use of Private Quality Standards in Food Supply Chains

    This paper highlights the strategic role that private quality standards play in food supply chains. Considering two symmetric retailers that are exclusively supplied by a finite number of producers and endogenizing the producers' delivery choice, we show that there exist two asymmetric equilibria in the retailers' quality requirements. The asymmetry is driven by both the retailers.incentive to raise ...

    2011| Vanessa von Schlippenbach, Isabel Teichmann
  • SOEPpapers 339 / 2010

    The Life-Cycle Hypothesis Revisited: Evidence on Housing Consumption after Retirement

    According to the life-cycle theory of consumption and saving, foreseeable retirement events should not reduce consumption. Whereas some consumption expenditures may fall when goods are self-produced (given higher leisure after retirement), this argument applies especially to housing consumption which can hardly be substituted by home production. We test this hypothesis using micro data for Germany ...

    2010| Miriam Beblo, Sven Schreiber
  • Diskussionspapiere 1066 / 2010

    Forecasting Private Consumption by Consumer Surveys

    Survey-based indicators such as the consumer confidence are widely seen as leading indicators for economic activity, especially for the future path of private consumption. Although they receive high attention in the media, their forecasting power appears to be very limited. Therefore, this paper takes a fresh look on the survey data, which serve as a basis for the consumer confidence indicator (CCI) ...

    2010| Christian Dreger, Konstantin A. Kholodilin
  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    An Economic Analysis of China's Credit Information Monopoly

    The Chinese government is building the largest public credit information database on earth. The Credit Registry Center of the People's Bank of China registers more than 600 million consumers of which 110 million have a credit relationship with a financial institution. The Center is a public utility monopoly which collects information from banks and non-bank institutions - a unique approach developed ...

    In: China Economic Review 19 (2008), 4, S. 537-550 | Nicola Jentzsch
  • SOEPpapers 117 / 2008

    Financial Risk Aversion and Household Asset Diversification

    This paper explores the relationship between risk attitude and asset diversification in household portfolios. We first examine the impact of manifested risk aversion on the total number of distinct assets held in a portfolio (naive diversification). The second part of the paper focuses on a more sophisticated strategy of diversification and asks whether financial theory is compatible with observed ...

    2008| Nataliya Barasinska, Dorothea Schäfer, Andreas Stephan
  • SOEPpapers 327 / 2010

    Family Events and Timing of Intergenerational Transfers

    This research investigates how family events in adult children's lives influence the timing of their parents' financial transfers. We draw on retrospective data collected by the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) and use event history models to study the effects of marriage, divorce, and childbirth on receiving large gifts from parents. We find increased chances of receiving gifts of houses or ...

    2010| Thomas Leopold, Thorsten Schneider
  • SOEPpapers 234 / 2009

    Schenkungen und Erbschaften im Lebenslauf: vergleichende Längsschnittanalysen zu intergenerationalen Transfers

    The research on private financial transfers between generations lacks a longitudinal perspective. Gifts as intergenerational transfers inter vivos allow us to study the importance of life course events for the chances of receiving transfers. In Germany, gifts are highly private and leave more scope for decision-making than the regulated bequests. Thus, gifts are better suited to test theories on family ...

    2009| Thomas Leopold, Thorsten Schneider
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