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Case Title:

The Economics of Savings

Publication Year : 2010

Authors: Hepsi Swarna, Saradhi Kumar Gonela

Industry: General Business

Region:US

Case Code: MEBE0008

Teaching Note: Available

Structured Assignment: Available

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Abstract:
In any economy, savings provide not only required capital for economic growth but also ensure further demand in the economy. Adam Smith said, ‘...at portion which he annually saves, as for the sake of the profit it is immediately employed as a capital, is consumed in the same manner...but by a different set of people’. But some economists argue that spending will create its own demand and therefore savings are not that important. In the last quarter of the 20th century, western countries, Anglo-Saxon nations in particular, have embraced this notion and encouraged their populace to spend more. By the turn of the 20th century, these nations were saddled with low saving rates, some even with negative, New Zealand, for example. And this has set some economists to rethink the savings philosophy.

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