This paper develops and tests a model of consumption under uncertainty. The role of emotion is incorporated into the permanent income or life cycle theory of consumption (income-based model). An empirical test using structural equation modeling and China’s consumer survey data (N = 6993) showed that our consumption model with anticipatory feelings performed significantly better than pure income-based consumption models. Our results have practical application for policy formulation in China.
Bibliographical noteThis research was supported by a research grant from Lingnan University (Grant Number DR09D4).
- financial crisis
- structural equation modeling