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Explaining the Saving Behavior of Households¡¯ in Ethiopia, Africa


  • Eric Asare
  • Eduardo Segarra
  • Nakakeeto Gertrude
  • Fafanyo Asiseh


Savings have been shown to have a positive impact on economic growth at the macroeconomic level. But, the micro-level analysis of households¡¯ savings behavior is limited, especially in Sub-Saharan African economies. This study contributes to the understanding of the savings behavior of households in Africa, by modeling the savings behavior of households¡¯ in Ethiopia with the two-part model. The results of the study reveal that number of extension contacts and access to market information have significant positive effects on the likelihood that a household would save. Moreover, land holdings (bad production season last year) have significant positive (adverse) impact on the expected amount of money a household would save. Based on the results of this study, policies are recommended to increase savings in Ethiopia.

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  • Eric Asare & Eduardo Segarra & Nakakeeto Gertrude & Fafanyo Asiseh, 2018. "Explaining the Saving Behavior of Households¡¯ in Ethiopia, Africa," Applied Economics and Finance, Redfame publishing, vol. 5(2), pages 143-151, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rfa:aefjnl:v:5:y:2018:i:2:p:143-151

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    households' savings; Africa; economic growth; Ethiopia; two-part model;

    JEL classification:

    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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