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The saving behavior of children: Analysis of British panel data

Brown, Sarah and Taylor, Karl (2011) The saving behavior of children: Analysis of British panel data. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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We explore the influences on the saving behaviour of children aged 11 to 15 using panel data drawn from the British Household Panel Survey Youth Questionnaire. Our empirical findings suggest that parental allowances/pocket money exert a moderating influence on the probability that a child will save, whilst hours of paid work undertaken by the child are positively associated with the probability that a child will save. The saving behaviour of parents, however, does not appear to influence the saving behaviour of their offspring. In contrast, financial optimism on the part of parents does appear to lower the probability that their children will save. In addition, our empirical analysis reveals some interesting differences relating to the determinants of the saving behaviour of boys and girls as well as evidence of state dependence in the saving behaviour of children.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: Household Finances; Intergenerational Analysis; Panel Data; Saving
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 16:51
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 07:22
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2011022
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43512

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