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What Explains Private Saving in Mexico?

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  • Andrew Swiston
  • Ales Bulir

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This paper examines the factors influencing Mexico''s private saving rate. Cross-country analysis finds that Mexico''s private saving is somewhat higher than could be explained by its fundamentals, but lower than in the average country in the sample. This analysis suggests that Mexico''s greater reliance on external saving, its relatively high population dependency ratio, and its less developed financial system have been the main factors holding back private saving. Time-series analysis finds that movements in private saving have not been associated with similar shifts in investment, as changes in public saving and external saving have tended to offset movements in private saving. This is consistent with the direction of causality being from investment to saving and suggests that policy measures should focus on creating conditions favorable to increased investment.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 06/191.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:06/191

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Keywords: Private savings; Taxes; private saving; dependency ratio; pension; domestic saving; national accounts; pension funds; dependency ratios; business environment; pensioners; future income; pension system; aging population; government pension; foreign direct investment; retirement; pay-as-you-go system; pension reform; public enterprises; pension plan; individual accounts; current pensioners;

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  1. Marco A. Espinosa-Vega & Tapen Sinha, 2000. "A primer and assessment of social security reform in Mexico," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, issue Q1, pages 1-23.
  2. A. Javier Hamann, 1993. "Private Saving, Public Saving, and the Inflation Tax," IMF Working Papers 93/37, International Monetary Fund.
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Cited by:
  1. José Brambila Macias & Guido Cazzavillan, 2008. "The Dynamics of Parallel Economies. Measuring the Informal Sector in México," Working Papers 2008_42, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  2. Shahbaz, Muhammad & Nawaz, Kishwar & Arouri, Mohamed & Teulon, Frédéric & Uddin, Gazi Salah, 2013. "On the validity of the Keynesian Absolute Income hypothesis in Pakistan: An ARDL bounds testing approach," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 290-296.

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