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Public Policies and Household Saving
edited by James M. Poterba
University of Chicago Press, 1994
Cloth: 978-0-226-67618-0 | eISBN: 978-0-226-67629-6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The declining U.S. national saving rate has prompted economists and policymakers to ask, should the federal government encourage household saving, and if so, through which policies? In order to better understand saving programs, this volume provides a systematic and detailed description of saving policies in the G-7 industrialized nations: the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Each of the seven chapters focuses on one country and addresses a core set of topics: types of accumulated household savings and debt; tax policies toward capital income; saving in the form of public and private pensions, including Social Security and similar programs; saving programs that receive special tax treatment; and saving through insurance.

This detailed summary of the saving incentives of the G-7 nations will be an invaluable reference for policymakers and academics interested in personal saving behavior.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Introduction
    James M. Poterba

    1 Government Saving Incentives in the United States
    James M.
    Poterba

    2 Government Incentives and Household Saving in Canada
    John B.Burbidge and James B. Davies

    3 Taxation and Personal Saving Incentives in the U.K.
    James Banks and Richard Blundell

    4 Savings in Germany
    Axel Börsch-Supan

    5 Government Incentives and Household Saving in Italy
    Tullio Jappelli and Marco Pagano

    6 Public Policies and Household Saving in Japan
    Takatoshi Ito and Yukinobu Kitamura

    7 Public Policies and Household Saving in France
    Denis Fougère
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