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Household Saving in China

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  • Aart Kraay

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China, in recent years the world's largest and fastest growing economy, also has national saving rates that are among the highest in the world. This article considers a variety of statistical issues that cloud the measurement of aggregate and household saving in China. It also provides new empirical evidence on the importance of intertemporal considerations in explaining the variation in household saving across China's provinces. Copyright The Author 2000. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / the world bank . All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by World Bank Group in its journal The World Bank Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 14 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 545-570

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Handle: RePEc:oup:wbecrv:v:14:y:2000:i:3:p:545-570

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