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The Economics of Saving

Mervyn A. King

NBER Working Paper No. 1247
Issued in December 1983
NBER Program(s):   PE   ME

This paper analyses recent contributions to the theory of household saving and examines empirical evidence on the subject. It focuses on (a) the derivation and estimation of first-order conditions for a consumer's optimum lfe-cycle consumption plan, (b) the conditions under which such conditions may be used to derive an aggregate consumption function, (c) the relationship between constraints in labor and cyclical markets and the notion of a "representive consumer" in macroeconomic models, and (d) the extent to which existing empirical evidence lends support to a life-cycle model of consumer behavior. Further empirical tests are proposed.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1247

Published: in "Frontiers of Economics," Arrow, Kenneth and S. Honkapohja (eds.) Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 1985.

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