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The Spirit of Capitalism, Savings, Asset Pricing and Growth


  • Heng-fu Zou

    (CEMA, Central University of Finance and Economics)


This study extends the traditional growth model and recent endogenous growth model to consider how a social and cultural element-the spirit of capitalism in the Weberian sense of accumulation for the sake of accumulation-impacts on savings, asset accumulation, stock market prices, and economic growth and development over time and across countries.

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  • Heng-fu Zou, 2011. "The Spirit of Capitalism, Savings, Asset Pricing and Growth," CEMA Working Papers 502, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:cuf:wpaper:502

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    1. Heng-fu Zou, 1995. "The spirit of capitalism and savings behavior," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 131-143, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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