Geng Li

Federal Reserve Board
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Washington, DC 20551

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2018Expectations Uncertainty and Household Economic Behavior
with Itzhak Ben-David, Elyas Fermand, Camelia M. Kuhnen: w25336
We show that there exists significant heterogeneity across US households in how uncertain they are in their expectations regarding personal and macroeconomic outcomes, and that uncertainty in expectations predicts households' choices. Individuals with lower income or education, more precarious finances, and living in counties with higher unemployment are more uncertain in their expectations regarding own-income growth, inflation, and national home price changes. People with more uncertain expectations, even accounting for their socioeconomic characteristics, exhibit more precaution in their consumption, credit, and investment behaviors.
November 2010Are Household Surveys Like Tax Forms: Evidence from Income Underreporting of the Self Employed
with Erik Hurst, Benjamin Pugsley: w16527
There is a large literature showing that the self employed underreport their income to tax authorities. In this paper, we quantify the extent to which the self employed systematically underreport their income to U.S. household surveys. To do so, we use the Engel curve describing the relationship between income and expenditures of wage and salary workers to infer the actual income, and thus the reporting gap, of the self employed based on their reported expenditures. We find that the self employed underreport their income by about 30 percent. This result is remarkably robust across data sources and alternative model specifications. Aside from transportation expenditures, we find little evidence that the self employed misreport their expenditures to household surveys. We show that failin...

"Are Household Surveys Like Tax Forms: Evidence from Income Underreporting of the Self Employed" (with Geng Li and Ben Pugsley), Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming. citation courtesy of

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