Household saving motives : a cross-country comparison
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Using the 2008 Survey of Chinese Consumer Finance and Investor Education and the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finances, this study compared saving motives between Chinese and American urban households. Results showed that, compared with their American counterparts, Chinese households were more likely to report precautionary and education saving motives; and Chinese households with lower incomes were more likely to report a retirement saving motive. Chinese households' stronger motivation to save serves as an explanation of the greater saving rates in China, compared to the United States. The results have implications for policy makers, financial professionals and consumer finance researchers.
Yao, R., Wang, F., Weagley, R. O., & Liao, L. (2011). Household saving motives: Comparing American and Chinese consumers. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 40(1), 28-44.