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The Chinese Saving Rate: Productivity, Old-Age Support, and Demographics

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  • Kai Zhao

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Ayse Imrohoroglu

    (USC)

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In this paper, we show that a general equilibrium model that properly captures the role of family support, changes in demographics and the productivity growth rate is capable of generating changes in the national saving rate in China that mimic the data well. Our results suggest that most of the increase in the saving rate between 1980 and 2010 is due to the interaction between the decline in the fertility rate due to the one-child policy and the shortcomings of the old-age support programs, especially against the long-term care risks, provided by the government in China.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2016 Meeting Papers with number 177.

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Date of creation: 2016
Handle: RePEc:red:sed016:177
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