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The Real Rate of U.S. National Saving

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  • Eisner, Robert
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    The conventional measure of national saving in U.S. accounts does not include saving in consumer durables, public investment, or intangible capital. It reflects a measure of net foreign investment that relates in considerable part to original cost rather than market values. It also does not include real capital gains. Comprehensive, adjusted measures of national saving are calculated for as many of the years from 1946 to 1989 as relevant components are available. They generally suggest much larger rates of national saving than are usually recognized. They also cast a sharp and substantially different light on the likely effects of policies designed to increase provision for the future. Copyright 1991 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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    Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

    Volume (Year): 37 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 15-32

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:37:y:1991:i:1:p:15-32

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    1. Thomas I. Palley, 1996. "The Saving-Investment Nexus: Why it Matters and How it Works," SCEPA working paper series. SCEPA's main areas of research are macroeconomic policy, inequality and poverty, and globalization. 1996-01, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), The New School.
    2. William E. Cullison, 1990. "Measures of saving as indicators of economic growth," Working Paper 90-09, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
    3. Fernando Alexandre & Luís Aguiar Conraria & Pedro Bação & Miguel Portela, 2011. "A Poupança em Portugal," GEMF Working Papers 2011-19, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
    4. Barry Bosworth & Susan M. Collins, 2010. "Rebalancing the US Economy in a Postcrisis World," Trade Working Papers 21877, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    5. Per Gunnar Berglund, 2001. "Equality and Enterprise: Can Functional Finance Offer a New Historical Compromise?," SCEPA working paper series. SCEPA's main areas of research are macroeconomic policy, inequality and poverty, and globalization. 2001-01, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), The New School.
    6. Barry P. Bosworth & Ralph C. Bryant & Gary Burtless, 2004. "The Impact of Aging on Financial Markets and the Economy: A Survey," Working Papers, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College 2004-23, Center for Retirement Research.
    7. Richard W. Kopcke & Alicia H. Munnell & Leah M. Cook, 1991. "The influence of housing and durables on personal saving," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Nov, pages 3-16.

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