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Saving behaviour: evidence from Portugal

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  • Maria Teresa Medeiros Garcia
  • Carlos Barros
  • Antonio Silvestre

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This paper analyses the determinants of saving behaviour among Portuguese households using a structural equation model with latent variables. It is found that the main factors directly influencing households' saving behaviour are their attitude towards saving and their level of income. However, savers' behaviour is also indirectly influenced by their perceptions of longevity, their feelings as savers, the replacement rate and the age. The family size does not have any effect, either directly or indirectly. Policy implications are derived from the study.

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  • Maria Teresa Medeiros Garcia & Carlos Barros & Antonio Silvestre, 2011. "Saving behaviour: evidence from Portugal," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(2), pages 225-238.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:25:y:2011:i:2:p:225-238
    DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2010.483467
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    1. Annamarie Lusardi & Olivia S. Mitchell, 2005. "Financial Literacy and Planning: Implications for Retirement Wellbeing," Working Papers wp108, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
    2. Kennickell, Arthur & Lusardi, Annamaria, 2005. "Disentangling the importance of the precautionary saving motive," CFS Working Paper Series 2006/15, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
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    1. Aneta Maria Kłopocka & Tomasz Kopczyński & Grażyna Lenicka-Bajer, 2014. "Financial Situation And Attitudes Towards Saving In Polish Society:Evidence From Micro Data," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 0, pages 476-486, May.

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