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A note on the relevance of prudence in precautionary saving

  • Luigi Ventura

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    (Department of Economics, University of Rome "La Sapienza")

The aim of this note is to suggest that prudence, i.e. convexity of marginal utility, can only explain a small share of precautionary savings, which we may define as savings generated by variance in income. Therefore, if we are willing to admit that precautionary savings constitute a sizable share of total savings, other factors should be called for. We present a few examples showing that risk aversion might constitute one such factor.

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Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
Issue (Month): 23 ()
Pages: 1-11

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