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Do the rich save more? Evidence from linked survey and administrative data

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  • Antoine Bozio

    (PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS-PSL - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, PSE - Paris School of Economics - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - ENS-PSL - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, IPP - Institut des politiques publiques)

  • Carl Emmerson

    (IFS - Laboratory of the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Cormac O’dea

    (IFS - Laboratory of the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Gemma Tetlow

    (Financial times)

Abstract

The nature of the relationship between lifetime income and saving rates is a longstanding empirical question and one that has been surprisingly difficult to answer. We use a new data set containing both individual survey data on wealth holdings and administrative data on earnings histories to examine this question. We find, for a sample of English households, evidence of a positive relationship between the rate of private wealth accumulation and levels of lifetime earnings. Even when state pension wealth is included, the top quintile of lifetime earnings have significantly higher wealth to lifetime earnings ratios than the other quintiles. Under this broad measure of wealth, those in the middle of the distribution of lifetime earnings accumulate the least wealth relative to their earnings.

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  • Antoine Bozio & Carl Emmerson & Cormac O’dea & Gemma Tetlow, 2017. "Do the rich save more? Evidence from linked survey and administrative data," Institut des Politiques Publiques hal-01784357, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:ipppap:hal-01784357
    DOI: 10.1093/oep/gpx024
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