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Social Capital and Savings Behaviour: Evidence from Vietnam

  • Carol Newman

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    (Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin)

  • Finn Tarp

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    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Katleen Van Den Broeck

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

We explore the extent to which social capital can play a role in imparting information about the returns to saving where potential knowledge gaps and mistrust exists. Using data from Vietnam we find strong evidence to support the hypothesis that information transmitted via reputable social organizations increases the proportion of liquid assets held in the form of deposits that yield a return. Our results imply that targeting information on the benefits of deposit saving through formal networks or groups would be effective in increasing the number of households that save at grassroots level.

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Date of creation: Jan 2011
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