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Saving and Growth: Another Look at the Cohort Evidence

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  • Deaton, A.
  • Paxson, C.

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The main contribution of the paper is an attempt to address the selection and growth issues by working, not with cohorts of households, but with cohorts of individuals. The gain from doing so is that we dispose completely of selection associated with household formation, which compro-mises our estimates of the effects of growth on saving, leaving only selection through births, deaths, and migration, which does not. The cost is that we do not have data on individual con-sumption, and it is difficult to allocate income to individuals due to the prevalence of family enterprises, so that the standard methodology can no longer be applied.

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  • Deaton, A. & Paxson, C., 1998. "Saving and Growth: Another Look at the Cohort Evidence," Papers 182, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:priwds:182
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    1. Orazio P. Attanasio & Miguel Székely, 1998. "Household Savings and Income Distribution in Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 1299, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Chiuri, Maria Concetta, 2000. "Individual decisions and household demand for consumption and leisure," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(3), pages 277-324, September.
    3. Orazio P. Attanasio & Miguel Székely, 1998. "Household Savings and Income Distribution in Mexico," Research Department Publications 4152, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    4. Orazio P. Attanasio & Miguel Székely, 1998. "El ahorro familiar y la distribución del ingreso en México," Research Department Publications 4153, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    5. Jere R. Behrman & Suzanne Duryea & Miguel Székely, 1999. "El envejecimiento y las oportunidades económicas: las principales regiones del mundo al final del siglo," Research Department Publications 4181, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    6. Jaime Saavedra-Chanduví & Martin Valdivia, 2000. "Household and Individual Decision-Making Over the Life Cycle: A First Look at Evidence from Peruvian Cohorts," Research Department Publications 3122, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    7. Jere R. Behrman & Suzanne Duryea & Miguel Székely, 1999. "Aging and Economic Opportunities: Major World Regions around the Turn of the Century," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 1306, Inter-American Development Bank.

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    Keywords

    ECONOMIC GROWTH ; SAVINGS;

    JEL classification:

    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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