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Saving in Southeast Asia and Latin America Compared; Searching for Policy Lessons

  • Christian Thimann
  • Anuradha Dayal-Gulati

This paper examines empirical determinants of private saving for a sample of economies in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the period 1975–95. It uses panel estimations to establish relationships between private saving rates and a range of policy and nonpolicy variables. The findings show that fiscal policy, particularly social security arrangements, influence private saving; also macroeconomic stability and financial deepening appear to have been important in accounting for differences in saving behavior between the two regions.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 97/110.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 1997
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:97/110
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