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A Cohort Analysis of Household Saving in Norway

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  • Halvorsen, Elin

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In this paper I study the role of generational differences in saving. My main evidence is an empirical analysis based on Norwegian data that show a tendency for older birth cohorts to have higher saving rates, but that the differences are small and statistically insignificant. Consequently, the high aggregate saving rate and the very high saving among the elderly cannot be primarily attributed to cohorts effect. To ensure that the findings are robust, a variety of econometric specifications and techniques are employed.

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  • Halvorsen, Elin, 2003. "A Cohort Analysis of Household Saving in Norway," Memorandum 36/2002, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Lifecycle models and saving; age; period and cohort effects; robust estimation.;

    JEL classification:

    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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