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Testing the validity of the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle for Australia

  • Saten Kumar

    (Department of Business Economics, Auckland University of Technology)

  • Scott Fargher

    (Department of Business Economics, Auckland University of Technology)

  • Don J. Webber

    ()

    (Department of Business Economics, Auckland University of Technology and Department of Economics, UWE, Bristol)

This paper presents an investigation into the relationship between investment and savings in Australia over the period 1960-2007. Using four time series techniques our results reveal that the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle exists in a weak form with a lower saving retention coefficient. Granger Causality tests illustrate that savings Granger cause investment both in the short and long runs. Our results suggest Australia could effectively adopt policies that focus on increasing investment through increasing domestic savings

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0911.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0911
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