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Household Saving in France

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  • Joaquim Vieira Ferreira Levy
  • Jonathan David Ostry

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The household saving ratio in France has undergone very sharp changes over the past two decades, falling dramatically in the first part of the 1980s before rising in more recent years. This paper emphasizes two factors in the evolution of private saving in France. The first relates to perceptions of household income growth and uncertainty, which are likely to have been affected by deteriorating labor market conditions, and which may therefore help to account for the recent increase in saving. The second factor relates to financial deregulation which may have lowered saving and increased its sensitivity to interest rate changes. It is argued that both factors have played some role in the evolution of French household saving.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 94/136.

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Length: 32
Date of creation: 01 Nov 1994
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:94/136

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  1. Bandiera, Oriana & Caprio, Gerard & Honohan, Patrick & Schiantarelli, Fabio, 1999. "Does financial reform increase or reduce savings ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2062, The World Bank.
  2. John Serieux, 2008. "Financial Liberalization and Domestic Resource Mobilization in Africa: an Assessment," Working Papers 45, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  3. Jerome Creel, 1998. "L'assainissement budgétaire au Danemark entre 1983 et 1986 : l'anti-mythe (in French)," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) 1998-02, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).

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