This article assesses the immediate impact the first wave of the pandemic had on euro area household income, consumption and saving, both at the aggregate level and for the main economies in the area. Drawing on the institutional sector accounts, with information to Q2, there was a contained decline in household income, despite the worsening labour market, thanks to the speed and extensive scope of the economic policy measures approved. However, the collapse in consumption during the lockdown meant that saving rebounded in an extraordinary fashion. The outbreak of the second wave and uncertainty over the scale of the economic impact will contribute, for some time longer, to saving remaining relatively high and to the accumulated reservoir of private saving not fully materialising in the form of greater expenditure.
Artículo de revista
Economic bulletin / Banco de España. Analytical articles Economic bulletin / Banco de España [Artículos], n. 4, 2020