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February 2011Demographic Patterns and Household Saving in China
with Steven Lugauer, Nelson C. Mark: w16828
This paper studies the effect that changing demographic patterns have had on the household saving rate in China. We undertake a quantitative investigation using an overlapping generations (OLG) model where agents live for 85 years. Consumers begin to exercise decision making when they are 18. From age 18 to 60, they work and raise children. Dependent children’s utility enter into parent’s utility where parents choose the consumption level of the young until they leave the household. Working agents give a portion of their labor income to their retired parents and save for their own retirement while the aged live on their accumulated assets and support from their children. Remaining assets are bequeathed to the living upon death. We parameterize the model and take future demographic changes,...
July 2010Business Cycles, Consumption and Risk-Sharing: How Different Is China?
with Nelson Mark: w16154
Can standard business-cycle methodology be applied to China? In this chapter, we address this question by examining the macroeconomic time series and identifying dimensions in which China differs from economies (such as Canada and the U.S.) that are typically the subject of business-cycle research. We show that naively applying the standard business-cycle tools to China is no more ridiculous than applying it to Canada, although the dimensions along which the model struggles is different. For China, the model cannot account for the low level of consumption (or high saving) as a proportion of income observed in the data. An examination of provincial level consumption data suggests that the absence of channels for intranational consumption risk sharing may be an important reason why the busin...

Business Cycles, Consumption and Risk-Sharing: How Different is China” (with C. Curtis), in Yin-Wong Cheung, Vikas Kakkar, and Guonan Ma, eds., The Evolving Role of Asia in Global Finance, forthcoming.

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