Saving behaviour and earnings uncertainty: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey
For the first time, this paper uses a panel data set, the British Household Panel Survey, to analyse saving behaviour in Britain. One objective is to test the precautionary saving hypothesis, according to which households save to self-insure against uncertainty. Our results show that in accordance with this hypothesis, various measures of uncertainty based on earnings variability have a statistically significant effect on households’ saving decisions. Moreover, in accordance with the life cycle model, households save more if they expect their financial situation to deteriorate.
KeywordsPrecautionary saving uncertainty earnings variability
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