What Explains Private Saving in Mexico?

Author/Editor:

Ales Bulir ; Andrew J Swiston

Publication Date:

August 1, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the factors influencing Mexico's private saving rate. Cross-country analysis finds that Mexico's private saving is somewhat higher than could be explained by its fundamentals, but lower than in the average country in the sample. This analysis suggests that Mexico's greater reliance on external saving, its relatively high population dependency ratio, and its less developed financial system have been the main factors holding back private saving. Time-series analysis finds that movements in private saving have not been associated with similar shifts in investment, as changes in public saving and external saving have tended to offset movements in private saving. This is consistent with the direction of causality being from investment to saving and suggests that policy measures should focus on creating conditions favorable to increased investment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/191

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864519/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006191

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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