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Age Distribution, Saving and Consumption in Sweden

  • Berg, Lennart

This paper focuses on an empirical analysis of the dependency between age structure and aggregate consumption and the composition of aggregate savings. In a long-run consumption function of life cycle type, different demographic variables have a conclusive, statistically significant effect. In investigating the link between demographic variables and the composition of aggregate savings, a simple simultaneous model is used, and a saving function and a house price equation are estimated. The result even here is that age composition matters for house price and savings. This conclusion is also made visible by a simulation experiment. Finally is the model used to ascertain the effect on the recent Swedish tax reform on savings.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1996:22.

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Length: 19 pp.
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1996_022
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