Life-Cycle Savings and Public Policy

1st Edition

A Cross-National Study of Six Countries

Editors: Axel Borsch-Supan
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121098919
eBook ISBN: 9780080510170
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd December 2002
Page Count: 402
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The key to understanding household saving is obtaining appropriate data. Dealing with differences between rich and poor households, for example, or the old and the young, require observation of a large number of households. The focus of this study is to obtain data on many households from a number of different countries and to examine them in a coherent fashion. The hope is that through these observations we can learn about the ways policies affect savings and that other differences among savers can be controlled for, instead of being blamed on "cultural differences

Key Features

  • Features a consistent framework among chapters
  • Reaches a harmony between measurement and analysis to compare accurately the resulting data and statistics
  • Provides econometric methodology to reveal the way policies affect savings

Table of Contents

A. Boersch-Supan, Introduction

A. Brugiavaini and G. Weber, Household Saving: Concepts and Measurement

A. Boersch-Supan, A. Reil-Held, and R. Schnabel, Household Saving in Germany

A. Brugiavaini and M. Padula, Household Saving Behavior and Pension Policies in Italy

Y. Kitamura, N. Takayama, and F. Arita, Household Savings and Wealth Distribution in Japan

R. Alessi and A. Kapteyn,Savings and Pensions in the Netherlands

J. Banks and S. Rohwedder, Pensions and Life Cycle Savings Profiles in the U.K.

O.P. Attanasio and M. Paiella, Household Saving Behavior and Pension Policies in the U.S.


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About the Editor

Axel Borsch-Supan

Affiliations and Expertise

Universitat Mannheim, Germany


@qu:"How do social security programs and private financial institutions, such as the rules governing mortgage borrowing, affect household saving? This volume meticulously analyzes panel data from six nations to offer new insights on both of these long-standing questions. The results are essential reading for anyone interested in saving, social insurance policy, or capital formation." @source:--James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology @qu:"This valuable set of studies takes an enormous step towards resolving the puzzling differences in saving rates between countries by focusing on the complex interaction between public policies and individual motives to save. The volume is critical to readers seeking to understand the effects of social policies on national saving and to those trying to deal with public pension "crises" in developed countries." @source:--Steven F. Venti, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S.A.