SAFE Brown Bag Seminar: Philip Schnorpfeil (Goethe University)

12. Apr 2023 11:30 Uhr
12. Apr 2023 12:30 Uhr

The Leibniz Institute SAFE organizes a brown bag seminar on

Households’ response to the wealth effects of inflation
Philip Schnorpfeil
(Goethe University)

Abstract: We study redistributive effects of inflation across households with varying nominal wealth positions using a randomized information experiment on clients of a large bank. On average, individuals are well informed about current levels of inflation and are concerned about its impact on their wealth; yet, most individuals are not aware of how inflation erodes nominal asset and debt positions. Once they receive information on this erosion channel, they update perceptions and expectations about their own net nominal positions. Learning about the inflation-induced erosion of nominal positions causally affects consumption and choices in hypothetical real-estate transactions. The findings suggest that household wealth mediates the sensitivity of consumption to inflation once households are aware of the balance-sheet effects of inflation.