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Saving and the Accumulation of Wealth : Essays on Italian Household and Government Saving Behavior - Albert Ando

Saving and the Accumulation of Wealth

Essays on Italian Household and Government Saving Behavior

By: Albert Ando (Editor), Luigi Guiso (Editor), Ignazio Visco (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 1994
ISBN: 9780521452083
Number Of Pages: 428

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The evolution of private saving and its interaction with government fiscal policy play an important and complex role in the development of the national economy. To gain insight into this process, it is imperative that we improve our understanding of the savings behavior of individual households and of the ways in which they aggregate over the entire population to produce national saving. Italy provides an ideal laboratory in which to assess the impact of government and private transfer, imperfections in the capital markets, productivity growth and shifting demographic patterns on the saving behavior of individual households and on their aggregation into total private saving. The book draws on the Italian experience and data, and offers new findings on many aspects of the process of saving determination.

Foreword
List of contributors
List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Saving Trends, Government Deficit and Demographic Changes
Why is Italy's saving rate so high?
Private saving and the government deficit in Italy
Do demographic changes explain the decline in the saving rate of Italian households?
Generational accounting
The case of Italy
Life-Cycle Saving and Precautionary Motives
Young households' saving and the life cycle of opportunities
Evidence from Japan and Italy
Dissaving by the elderly, transfer motives and liquidity constraints
Earnings uncertainty and precautionary saving
Risk sharing and precautionary saving
Borrowing Constraints, Intergenerational Transfers and Bequests
Saving and borrowing constraints
Durables and non-durables consumption: evidence from Italian household data
Intergenerational transfers and capital market imperfections
Evidence from a cross-section of Italian households
Bequests and saving for retirement
What impels the accumulation of wealth?
Methodological appendix: the Bank of Italy's survey of household income and wealth
Statistical appendix
Index
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ISBN: 9780521452083
ISBN-10: 0521452082
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 25th March 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 16.2  x 3.23
Weight (kg): 0.78

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