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Chinese saving dynamics: the impact of GDP growth and the dependent share

Carl Bonham () and Calla Wiemer

Oxford Economic Papers, 2013, vol. 65, issue 1, 173-196

Abstract: China's national saving rate rose rapidly in the 2000s after declining through the late 1990s. These dynamics are not readily explained by the precautionary motive, the institutional distribution of income, or reform related processes in general. Rather, we find a compelling explanation lies with GDP growth fluctuations and demographic shifts. We estimate a vector autoregressive model for the period 1978--2008, then generate in-sample simulations that successfully replicate the 2000s run-up in the saving rate. Our out of sample forecasts project a decline in the saving rate in the 2010s as the dependent share falls and GDP growth moderates. Copyright 2013 Oxford University Press 2012 All rights reserved, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2013
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