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The Determinants of Household Saving in China: A Dynamic Panel Analysis of Provincial Data

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  • Charles Yuji Horioka
  • Junmin Wan

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In this paper, we conduct a dynamic panel analysis of the determinants of the household saving rate in China using a life cycle model and panel data on Chinese provinces for the 1995-2004 period from China's household survey. We find that China's household saving rate has been high and rising and that the main determinants of variations over time and over space therein are the lagged saving rate, the income growth rate, and (in some cases) the real interest rate and the inflation rate. However, we find that the variables relating to the age structure of the population usually do not have a significant impact on the household saving rate. These results provide mixed support for the life cycle hypothesis, are consistent with the existence of inertia or persistence, and imply that China's household saving rate will remain high for some time to come.

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Paper provided by Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University in its series ISER Discussion Paper with number 0676.

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Date of creation: Nov 2006
Date of revision: Sep 2007
Handle: RePEc:dpr:wpaper:0676

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