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Measures for savings and saving rates in the German SAVE data set

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  • Lothar Essig

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Saving is frequently measured using a one-shot question for total annual saving during the preceding year. This type of one-shot recall question might cause severe measurement errors since saving is a complicated concept which consists of various components, many of which respondents might not be fully aware of. This paper uses the SAVE data to analyze potential errors generated by this kind of questioning and provides remedies in order to construct the most of reliable saving measure given the information at hand.

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  • Lothar Essig, 2005. "Measures for savings and saving rates in the German SAVE data set," MEA discussion paper series 05086, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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    5. Lothar Essig, 2005. "Imputing total expenditures from a non-exhaustive list of items: An empirical assessment using the SAVE data set," MEA discussion paper series 05081, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
    6. Essig, Lothar, 2005. "Methodological aspects of the SAVE data set," Papers 05-17, Sonderforschungsbreich 504.
    7. Essig, Lothar, 2005. "Imputing total expenditures from a non-exhaustive list of items : an empirical assessment using the SAVE data set," Papers 05-21, Sonderforschungsbreich 504.
    8. Lothar Essig, 2005. "Methodological aspects of the SAVE data set," MEA discussion paper series 05080, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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