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An alternative explanation for high saving in China: Rising inequality
Xinhua Gu; Pui Sun Tam; Guoqiang Li; Qingbin Zhao
2020-09
Source PublicationInternational Review of Economics & Finance
ABS Journal Level2
ISSN1059-0560
Abstract

This paper examines potential factors contributing to China's originally high and subsequently rising rate of aggregate saving prior to the global financial crisis. We find strong evidence that the high and rising level of income inequality in China is a significant mover of its savings glut. Behavioral inertia, income growth, industrial structure, and policy orientation (fiscal receipts and real interest rates) are also found to be responsible for high saving that, however, is somewhat alleviated by rising old dependency under population ageing. The policy implication of our findings is that a corrective redistribution of income in favor of the working class is urgently needed for China to boost consumption spending, make economic growth rely less on investment or trade, and help mitigate worsening global imbalances.

KeywordChina Debt Inequality Growth Policy Demographics Saving
DOI10.1016/j.iref.2018.12.004
Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectBusiness, Finance ; Economics
WOS IDWOS:000569440600025
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Business Administration
Corresponding AuthorXinhua Gu; Pui Sun Tam; Guoqiang Li; Qingbin Zhao
AffiliationFaculty of Business Administration, University of Macau
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
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Xinhua Gu,Pui Sun Tam,Guoqiang Li,et al. An alternative explanation for high saving in China: Rising inequality[J]. International Review of Economics & Finance,2020.
APA Xinhua Gu,Pui Sun Tam,Guoqiang Li,&Qingbin Zhao.(2020).An alternative explanation for high saving in China: Rising inequality.International Review of Economics & Finance.
MLA Xinhua Gu,et al."An alternative explanation for high saving in China: Rising inequality".International Review of Economics & Finance (2020).
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