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Saving Around the World: An Overview

Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, Norman V. Loayza, and Luis Serven
Pub. Date: September 1, 2000
Full Text: Adobe Acrobat (PDF) [414 KB]

The World Bank Economic Review, v14, n3: 393-414.

This article reviews the current state of knowledge on the determinants of saving rates, presenting the main findings and contributions of the recently completed World Bank research project, “Saving Across the World.” The article discusses the basic design of the research project and its core database, the World Saving Database. It then summarizes the main project results and places them in the context of the literature on saving, identifying the key policy and nonpolicy determinants of private saving rates. Special attention is paid to the relationship between growth and saving and the impact of specific policies on saving rates. The article concludes by introducing the studies included in this special issue.

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