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Measuring Saving Rates in New Zealand: An Update

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    This paper reviews the flow approach (income less consumption) to measuring saving and the associated trends in sectoral saving rates for New Zealand, as derived from the national accounts. It also presents estimates for the household sector, of the stock measure of savings (changes in net wealth). The latter estimates are found to be consistently greater than the flow measures of household savings. Finally a series of adjustments are made to the flow measures of household and national saving rates. These include adjustment to the boundary between consumption and investment, the impact of inflation and the role of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. As a result the adjusted measure of net national saving is found, on average to be some 10 percentage points of GDP higher than the raw measure. The associated estimate of the level of adjusted net foreign liabilities is on average 2 percent of GDP lower than the raw data. bilateral exchange rate movements.

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    Paper provided by New Zealand Treasury in its series Treasury Working Paper Series with number 13/04.

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    Length: 70
    Date of creation: Feb 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:nzt:nztwps:13/04
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    1. Martin Browning & Annamaria Lusardi, 1996. "Household Saving: Micro Theories and Micro Facts," Discussion Papers 96-01, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
    2. Martin Lettau & Sydney Ludvigson, 2003. "Understanding Trend and Cycle in Asset Values: Reevaluating the Wealth Effect on Consumption," NBER Working Papers 9848, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Grossman, Michael, 1972. "On the Concept of Health Capital and the Demand for Health," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 80(2), pages 223-55, March-Apr.
    4. Tony Makin, 1995. "Inflation distortion of the external accounts: the Australian example," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 22(1), pages 58-65, January.
    5. Phil Briggs, 2012. "Financial accounts and flow of funds," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, vol. 75, pages 26-35, December.
    6. Brian McCulloch & Jane Frances, 2001. "Financing New Zealand Superannuation," Treasury Working Paper Series 01/20, New Zealand Treasury.
    7. Khoon Goh, 2005. "Savings and the household balance sheet," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, vol. 68, June.
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