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The Productivity Slowdown and the Savings Shortfall: A Challenge to the Permanent Income Hypothesis

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  • Viard, Alan D

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The author argues that the savings decline following the post-1973 productivity slowdown discredits the permanent income hypothesis. The permanent income hypothesis predicts that a reduction in expected future income growth should cause an increase in saving. The author shows that economic agents revised downward their expectations of future growth after 1973 but that the saving rate declined. Other economic events during this period cannot explain this discrepancy. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 31 (1993)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 549-63

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:31:y:1993:i:4:p:549-63

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  1. Kapteyn, Arie & Alessie, Rob & Lusardi, Annamaria, 2005. "Explaining the wealth holdings of different cohorts: Productivity growth and Social Security," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(5), pages 1361-1391, July.
  2. Edge, Rochelle M. & Laubach, Thomas & Williams, John C., 2007. "Learning and shifts in long-run productivity growth," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(8), pages 2421-2438, November.

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