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Public pension and household saving: Evidence from China

  • Feng, Jin

    ()

    (BOFIT)

  • He, Lixin

    (BOFIT)

  • Sato, Hiroshi

    (BOFIT)

We relate household saving to pension reform, to explain the high household saving rates in urban China from a new perspective. We use the exogenous – policy induced - variation in pension wealth to explicitly estimate the impact of pension wealth on household saving, and obtain a significant offset effect of pension wealth on household saving. Our estima-tions show that pension reform boosted the household saving rate in 1999 by about 6 per-centage points for cohort aged 25-29 and by about 3 percentage points for cohort aged 50-59. Our results also indicate that declining pension wealth reduces expenditure on educa-tion and health more than on other consumption items.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition in its series BOFIT Discussion Papers with number 2/2009.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 20 Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofitp:2009_002
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