Saving Rates of Urban Households in China

  • Agar Brugiavini
  • Guglielmo Weber
  • Binzhen Wu


Urban household saving rates in China have been rising over time and display a U-shaped age profile. Using micro data, we document how they relate to a number of factors, including household composition, migration history and housing tenure. We then investigate the role of the pension reforms introduced in several years in various provinces and find a response in line with the prediction of the life-cycle model but of different magnitude in different provinces.


Housing Market Disposable Income Saving Rate Pension System Urban Household 
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We would like to thank Chongen Bai for helpful discussions and Hongbin Li for comments, encouragement and help in gaining access to the UHS data. We are also grateful to workshop participants, and in particular to Ignazio Musu, for comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ca’ Foscari, University of VeniceVeniceItaly
  2. 2.University of PaduaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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