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Title:Does Macroeconomic Policy Affect Private Savings in Europe? Evidence From a Dynamic Panel Data Model PDF Logo
Authors:Schrooten, Mechthild
Stephan, Sabine
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:DIW-Diskussionspapiere 431
Abstract:Private savings mirror consumption behavior. In Europe, the dynamic of consumption is very low, and at the same time, savings are increasing. Is this a result of macroeconomic policy? A GMM estimator is used to analyze the determinants of private saving in the EU?s 15 member states. Our main findings are that savings rates inherit a certain degree of persistence and that income growth causes an increase in saving. While monetary policy is totally insignificant, fiscal policy has a major impact on private savings. The long-run effects of public deficits are greater than the effects of rising income.
Subjects:Dynamic panel data model
private savings
European Union
GMM estimator
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:DIW-Diskussionspapiere
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