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Savings and Income Distribution

  • Hongyi Li

    (BA Faculty, Chinese University of Hong Kong)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (The World Bank
    Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
    Institute for Advanced Study, Wuhan University)

While this paper emphasizes the analytical ambiguity of the relationship between savings and income inequality, the empirical examination renders weak support for a negative association between them. However, this relationship is not very robust. Subsamples of OECD countries and Asian countries show that income inequality and the savings rate can be positively and significantly associated.

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Article provided by Society for AEF in its journal Annals of Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 5 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 245-270

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Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2004:v:5:i:2:p:245-270
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