Last edited by Akibei
Monday, August 10, 2020 | History

2 edition of empirical importance of precautionary savings found in the catalog.

empirical importance of precautionary savings

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

empirical importance of precautionary savings

by Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

  • 124 Want to read
  • 10 Currently reading

Published by National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Saving and investment -- United States -- Econometric models.,
  • Consumer behavior -- United States -- Econometric models.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementPierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Jonathan A. Parker.
    GenreEconometric models.
    SeriesNBER working paper series -- no. 8107, Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research) -- working paper no. 8107.
    ContributionsParker, Jonathan A., National Bureau of Economic Research.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination13 p. ;
    Number of Pages13
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL22415131M

    One of the major innovations in the literature on consumers’ behavior has been the theory of precautionary saving. This theory predicts that risk depresses consumption and increases the accumulation of wealth as a type of self insurance. In some theoretical specifications, the precautionary saving motive is the main reason to hold wealth.   In the presence of self-selection, failing to control for risk aversion in empirical tests of precautionary savings results in a bias that could lead to a false rejection of the theory. We exploit the fact that for individuals from the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) German reunification in caused an exogenous reassignment of.

    We estimate the importance of precautionary saving by using the large-scale reform of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in China in the late s as a natural experiment to identify changes in income uncertainty. Before the reform, SOE workers enjoyed similar job security as government employees. empirical importance of the precautionary saving motive, as illustrated in section Third, there are other sources of risk, in addition to income risk that can affect household accumulation.

    Lusardi, A. () Precautionary saving and subjective earnings variance. Economics Letters, 57(3), Lusardi, A. () On the importance of the precautionary saving motive. American Economic Review, Lusardi, A. and Mitchell, O. () Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in the United States. Duchin ()) and underscore the importance of precautionary savings in mitigating the impact of the financial crisis (e.g., Campello et al. () and Duchin et al. ()). A key assumption in these studies is that corporate “cash” reserves are in fact invested in.


Share this book
You might also like
The works of Francis Rabelais

The works of Francis Rabelais

Hospital Gowns Dont Have Pockets

Hospital Gowns Dont Have Pockets

In France

In France

As if by magic

As if by magic

Remarks on the document accompanying the late message of President Madison

Remarks on the document accompanying the late message of President Madison

Software engineering environments

Software engineering environments

Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment

Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment

Presidential Papers

Presidential Papers

Double elliptic geometry in terms of point and order alone.

Double elliptic geometry in terms of point and order alone.

The Islamic movement

The Islamic movement

day of small things

day of small things

Empirical importance of precautionary savings by Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas Download PDF EPUB FB2

(PDF) The empirical importance of precautionary saving | Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas - One of the basic motives for saving is the accumulation of wealth to insure future wel fare. Both introspection and extant research on consumption insurance find that people face substantial risks that they do not fairly pool.

Get this from a library. The empirical importance of precautionary savings. [Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas; Jonathan A Parker; National Bureau of Economic Research.]. PRECAUTIONARY SAVINGS† The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving By PIERRE-OLIVIER GOURINCHAS AND JONATHAN A. PARKER* One of the basic motives for saving is the accumulation of wealth to ensure future welfare.

Both introspection and extant research on con-sumption insurance find that people face substan-tial risks that they do not fairly pool. The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving Gourinchas, Pierre-Olivier; Parker, Jonathan A â By PIERRE-OLIVIER GOURINCHAS One of the basic motives for saving is the accumulation of wealth to ensure future welfare.

Both introspeion and extant research on consumption insurance ï¬ nd that. Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas & Jonathan A.

Empirical importance of precautionary savings book, "The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving," NBER Working PapersNational Bureau of Economic Research, Inc. Gourinchas, Pierre-Olivier & Parker, Jonathan A, "The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving," CEPR Discussion PapersC.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

Downloadable (with restrictions). One of the basic motives for saving is the accumulation of wealth to insure future welfare.

Both introspection and extant research on consumption insurance find that people face substantial risks that they do not fairly pool. In theory, the consumption and wealth accumulation of price-taking households in an economy with incomplete markets differs.

The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Jonathan A. Parker. NBER Working Paper No. Issued in February NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth. One of the basic motives for saving is the accumulation of wealth to insure future by: importance of the precautionary saving motive, which is reported in Section 3.

Empirical Estimates of Precautionary Savings Most of the empirical work on precautionary savings has been focused on the estimation of the following equation: where Wh indicates wealth of household h, risk is a measure of the risk faced by households, Yp is.

The model of precautionary saving that forms the basis of our empirical work is a variant of the “buffer-stock” models developed by Deaton () and Carroll (, ). Carroll (, ) shows that these models imply that consumers will have a target wealth-to-income. Theoretical literature shows that income uncertainty boosts saving, yet empirical work is incomplete.

I test for the precautionary motive for saving using panel data. Knowing this motive's size is important for gauging the responsiveness of saving to government programs that reduce uncertainty, and for comparison to other motives, such as bequests.

What is the empirical importance of precautionary saving. We provide a simple decomposition that characterizes the importance of precautionary saving in the U.S.

economy. We use this decomposition as an organizing framework to present four main findings: (a) the concavity of the consumption policy rule, (b) the importance of precautionary. Precautionary saving is known to be less sensitive to changes in after-tax rates of return than life-cycle saving.

Eric Engen and William Gale introduced uncertain incomes and precautionary saving into a long-run OLG model and found that replacing the US personal income tax with a flat-rate consumption tax would increase saving by only 1/2%, and steady-state gross domestic product by only 1–2%.

Precautionary saving is saving that occurs in response to uncertainty regarding future income. The precautionary motive to delay consumption and save in the current period rises due to the lack of completeness of insurance markets.

Accordingly, individuals will not be able to insure against some bad state of the economy in the future. They anticipate that if this bad state is realized, they will earn.

precautionary savings documented so far in the literature are in fact an artifact of pooling together two different sub-groups in the population: business owners and other house-holds. Such mixing has the potential to confound the anal-ysis of precautionary savings.

Business owners face, on average, higher expected income risk and accumulate larger amounts of wealth than do other. The Empirical Importance of Precautionary Saving. Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas and Jonathan Parker. American Economic Review,vol. 91, issue 2, JEL-codes: E21 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers) Date: Note: DOI: /aer References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc Citations: View citations in EconPapers (53).

As a result of these large empirical estimates, most models in macroeconomics now incorporate a precautionary saving motive. Moreover, the importance of precautionary savings has implications for public policy; the effects of welfare and taxation policies very much rely on the strength of this motive.

The literature has plenty of studies that investigate the presence of precautionary savings. Empirical findings of these papers can be grouped into two sets: the first set of empirical studies found that precautionary savings accounts for a zero or very little proportion of households’.

What is the empirical importance of precautionary saving. We provide a simple decomposition that characterizes the importance of precautionary saving in the US economy. We use this decomposition as an organizing framework to present four main findings: (a) the concavity of the consumption policy rule, (b) the importance of precautionary saving.

In this paper, we rely on a direct question about precautionary wealth from the and Survey of Consumer Finances to assess the importance of the precautionary saving motive. German reuni cation to test for the presence of precautionary savings in a sample of German households, and to demonstrate and quantify the importance of self-selection into occupations due to di¤erences in risk aversion.

Our approach deals with the two principal problems of empirical studies of precautionary savings. First, we are able to. Therefore, the combination of these precautionary saving and bequest behaviors may explain the observed positive correlation between lifetime income and the saving rate. Caroll and Samwick,Gourinchas and Parker,and others show that wealth that is held for precautionary saving motives occupies a larger fraction of total wealth and accounts for at least 50%.

The importance of the savings device in precautionary savings: Empirical evidence from rural Bangladesh Precautionary savings in the form of staple grain are relatively constant across income quartiles, while nongrain precautionary savings vary across income quartiles.

Previous studies, which treat these two types of savings devices as.Our empirical model builds on the standard model of precautionary savings (e.g., Lusardi, ), which postulates that a household’s savings rate is a function of its permanent income and income risks conditional on being employed, as well as a set of demographic controls such .