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The Conundrum of Low Saving Rates in Latin America

  • Nola Reinhardt
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    Despite extensive economic reforms during the late 1980s/early 1990s, Latin America's saving rates remain low. This article examines the saving behaviour of 18 Latin American countries in the 1976-2000 period and compares it with that of 25 other developing countries. It finds that lower inflation, income growth and increased real interest rates on deposits have not had the expected effects on saving rates in Latin America. Instead, the determinants of saving behaviour appear to differ between the two groups of countries, and saving rates are affected by a degree of inertia. Although more research is needed, this indicates that the focus of the neoliberal economic reforms of the 1980s was misplaced. Copyright (c) The Author 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 727-744

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:6:p:727-744
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