Public Expenditures on Social Programs and Household Consumption in China

Author/Editor:

Emanuele Baldacci ; Ding Ding ; David Coady ; Giovanni Callegari ; Pietro Tommasino ; Jaejoon Woo ; Manmohan S. Kumar

Publication Date:

March 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper shows that increasing government social expenditures can make a substantive contribution to increasing household consumption in China. The paper first undertakes an empirical study of the relationship between the savings rate and social expenditures for a panel of OECD countries and provides illustrative estimates of their implications for China. It then applies a generational accounting framework to Chinese household income survey data. This analysis suggests that a sustained 1 percent of GDP increase in public expenditures, distributed equally across education, health, and pensions, would result in a permanent increase the household consumption ratio of 1¼ percentage points of GDP.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/69

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451982138/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010069

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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