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Precautionary Saving and Old-Age Pensions

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A precautionary saving model is extended to include old-age pensions and provides the framework for an empirical analysis of the relation between old-age pensions and private consumption. Norwegian macro-data for socioeconomic groups of households are used to estimate consumption functions for workers and pensioners. We find no effects from various approximations of expected pension-income to consumption for workers, but results indicate some influence from labour-income uncertainty. Income elasticities are found to differ considerably between the two groups of households. Implications for effects on aggregate saving from pension policies and of ageing populations are discussed.

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  • Knut A. Magnussen, 1994. "Precautionary Saving and Old-Age Pensions," Discussion Papers 108, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:ssb:dispap:108
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    1. Sand, Roald, 2002. "The Propensity to Consume Income from Different Sources and Implications for Saving: An Application to Norwegian Farm Households," Workshop on the Farm Household-Firm Unit: Its Importance in Agriculture and Implications for Statistics, April 12-13, 2002, Wye Campus,Imperial College 15716, International Agricultural Policy Reform and Adjustment Project (IAPRAP).

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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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