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Inflation and the Savings Rate


  • Russell Davidson
  • James G. MacKinnon


This paper examines two explanations of the observed positive relationship between inflation rates and saving rates in Canada and the United States. Several models are estimated using quarterly time series data from both countries, and the best of these are subjected to a variety of tests. One of the two explanations appears broadly consistent with the data. The observed relationship arises primarily because, in times of inflation, measured income and measured savings overstate the corresponding real and perceived quantities.

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  • Russell Davidson & James G. MacKinnon, 1982. "Inflation and the Savings Rate," Working Papers 493, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:493

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    1. Milton Friedman, 1957. "Introduction to "A Theory of the Consumption Function"," NBER Chapters,in: A Theory of the Consumption Function, pages 1-6 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Bulkley, George, 1981. "Personal Savings and Anticipated Inflation," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 91(361), pages 124-135, March.
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    1. Henri-Paul Rousseau, 1983. "The Dome Syndrome: The Debt Overhanging Canadian Government and Business," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 9(1), pages 37-52, March.

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    inflation; savings;

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    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth


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