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Empirical Analysis of Household Savings Decisions in Context of Uncertainty: A Cross-Sectional Approach

  • Justin van de Ven

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London; Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Paolo Lucchino

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London)

Most empirical studies of savings behaviour that explicitly take account of the influence of uncertainty consider for identification data that describe the evolution of circumstances observed during an appreciable period of the life-course. Here we report results obtained for a dynamic programming model that has been adapted to permit identification of preference parameters using data observed at a point in time for a given population cross-section. We discuss the advantages of this approach, and our empirical results demonstrate its feasibility in context of contemporary computing technology.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2013n21.

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Date of creation: Jun 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2013n21
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