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The Relevance of Precautionary Saving

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  • Luigi Ventura
  • Joseph G. Eisenhauer

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This paper develops a model of personal saving that includes, unlike previous models appearing in the literature, an explicit role for the Leland-Kimball measure of prudence. Estimation of the model using Bank of Italy survey data suggests that about 20 per cent of total saving is driven by precautionary reasons. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2005.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 6 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 23-35

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Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:6:y:2005:i:1:p:23-35

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  1. Guiso, Luigi & Jappelli, Tullio & Terlizzese, Daniele, 1992. "Earnings Uncertainty and Precautionary Saving," CEPR Discussion Papers 699, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  1. Barasinska, Nataliya & Schäfer, Dorothea & Stephan, Andreas, 2012. "Individual risk attitudes and the composition of financial portfolios: Evidence from German household portfolios," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 1-14.
  2. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:4:y:2007:i:23:p:1-11 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Pericoli, Filippo Maria & Ventura, Luigi, 2011. "Family dissolution and precautionary savings: an empirical analysis," MPRA Paper 36354, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Luc Arrondel & Hector Calvo Pardo, 2008. "Les Français sont-ils prudents ? Patrimoine et risque sur les revenus des ménages," PSE Working Papers halshs-00585994, HAL.
  5. repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00585994 is not listed on IDEAS
  6. Marcus Klemm, 2012. "Job Security Perceptions and the Saving Behavior of German Households," Ruhr Economic Papers 0380, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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