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The Degree of Precautionary Saving: A Reexamination

  • Yasuyuki Sawada

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Jeong-Joon Lee

    (Department of Economics, Towson University)

Extending Dynan's methodology (1993), we show that a significant frac tion of the prudence parameter puzzle can be explained by a downward omitted variable bias. Further, the estimated prudence is substantially higher for liquidity-constrained households.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-448.

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Length: 13pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2006cf448
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