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  • Refereed essays Web of Science

    Forecasting Private Consumption by Consumer Surveys

    Survey-based indicators are widely seen as leading indicators for economic activity. As such, consumer confidence might be informative for the future path of private consumption. Although the indicators receive high attention in the media, their forecasting power often appears to be very limited. This paper takes a fresh look at the data that serve as a basis for the consumer confidence indicator (CCI) ...

    In: Journal of Forecasting 32 (2013), 1, S. 10-18 | Christian Dreger, Konstantin A. Kholodilin
  • SOEPpapers 741 / 2015

    How Health Plan Enrollees Value Prices Relative to Supplemental Benefits and Service Quality

    This paper empirically assesses the relative role of health plan prices, service quality and optional benefits in the decision to choose a health plan. We link representative German SOEP panel data from 2007 to 2010 to (i) health plan service quality indicators, (ii) measures of voluntary benefit provision on top of federally mandated benefits, and (iii) health plan prices for almost all German health ...

    2015| Christian Bünnings, Hendrik Schmitz, Harald Tauchmann, Nicolas R. Ziebarth
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze 2006

    Some Thoughts about "Consumer Policy as a Driver of the Economy": Impact Assessment, Interrelation between Consumer Policy and other Policies, Macro-Economic Context

    2006| Kornelia Hagen
  • Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze 2006

    Internet, E-Commerce and Consumer Policy

    2006| Sushmita Swaminathan, Daniel Nepelski
  • Sonstige Publikationen des DIW / Aufsätze 2006

    Does Certification Signify Quality and Reputation?

    2006| Pio Baake
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