Household Savings in the Transition

Posted: 18 Oct 2002

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Cevdet Denizer

Center for Economics and Econometrics; World Bank

Holger C. Wolf

Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)

Yvonne Ying

World Bank - Research Department

Abstract

We explore household savings decision in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland during the transition from plan to market, finding four main results. First, except for the age profile, the effects of standard determinants on savings are comparable for transition and market economies. Second, we do not find support for a precautionary savings motive. Third, the evidence on consumption smoothing is mixed. Education of the head of the household, but not employment characteristics, are linked robustly to savings. Fourth, ownership of durables is negatively correlated with savings, consistent with the presence of anticipatory savings.

JEL Classification: D12, D31, D91, O16, P36

Suggested Citation

Denizer, Cevdet and Wolf, Holger C. and Ying, Yvonne, Household Savings in the Transition. Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=339400

Cevdet Denizer (Contact Author)

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Holger C. Wolf

Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) ( email )

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Yvonne Ying

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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