Journal Article

New data for understanding saving

R Alessie and A Kapteyn

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 17, issue 1, pages 55-69
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/17.1.55
New data for understanding saving

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During the last decade or so, several researchers have formulated innovative new survey questions, the answers to which aid our understanding of individual savings decisions. This article briefly reviews a number of these innovations and how they are used in empirical research on saving. We pay attention to the measurement of time discounting, expectations (about both economic variables and longevity), bequest motives, health, and uncertainty. We illustrate the empirical usefulness of these new concepts by means of a Dutch longitudinal savings survey, the CentER Savings Survey.

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth ; Public Economics ; Political Economy ; Public Policy

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