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Table 23 Household saving rates

Table 24 Gross national saving

Annex Table 23 - Household saving rates

Definition: Household saving in the SNA93/ESA95 system is defined as household disposable income less consumption plus the change in net equity of households in pension funds (since the component is also a determinant of household disposable income but with an opposite sign).
The "household" sector refers in most cases to the household sector (sector S14 in the SNA terminology) plus the non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH, sector S15).
Household disposable income consists essentially of income from employment and from the operation of unincorporated enterprises, plus receipts of interest, dividends and social benefits minus payments of current taxes, interest and social contributions. Household consumption expenditure consists mainly of cash outlays for consumer goods and services.
Most of OECD countries follow SNA93/ESA95 rules. Some countries, including the United States and Canada, have chosen not to include contributions to and benefits from private pension funds in household income, hence deviating from SNA9/ESA95. However, this has no consequences for the definition of saving above.
Household saving rates, defined as the share of household savings in disposable income, are comparable as long as the same disposable income concept is used in the denominator.
Saving rates may be measured on either a net or a gross basis, Net saving rates are measured after deducting consumption of fixed capital (in respect of assets used in unincorporated enterprises and in respect of owner-occupied dwellings) from saving and from the disposable income, so that both saving and disposable income are shown on a net basis. Most countries publish ratios on a net basis.
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Related links: National Accounts , The 1993 System of National Accounts, Glossary 

Last updated:  December 2011

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Annex Table 24 - Gross national saving

Definition:Gross national income less consumption (private and public).

Sources: National Accounts  and The 1993 System of National Accounts, Glossary 

Last updated:  December 2011

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