A calibrated model of saving and income distribution for the UK

Pub. Date
18 November, 1997
Pub. Type

We construct a general equilibrium model of a panel of 5000 agents in overlapping population cohorts, with a view to assessing its ability to represent both the macroeconomic and distributional characteristics of the economy; we take account of the income uncertainty which people face and calibrate it to represent the key characteristics of the economy. We find that, in a situation in which saving is motivated by life-cycle, precautionary and bequest motives a reasonably good representation can be obtained of both the distribution of wealth and the intergenerational transmission of wealth in the United Kingdom, The model offers a means of studying the distributional impact of policy changes. It suggests that inclusion of the bequest motive is important if the distribution of wealth is to be modelled well.