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Drivers of future savings of Malaysian households

Ahmad, Nor Hayati and Saha, Asish and Lim, Hock Eam and Musa, Muhammad Muhaizam (2021) Drivers of future savings of Malaysian households. Journal of Economics and Sustainability, 3 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2637-1294

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Abstract

The households’ savings in Malaysia have shown a deteriorating trend that negatively impacts their financial security. The Financial Inclusion and Capability Study of BNM (2016) indicates that merely 6 percent of Malaysians could survive for more than six months and 18 percent up to three months if they lose their main source of income. Thus, it is imperative to examine the drivers of future savings of Malaysian households. A sample of 1,106 bank customers in three cities of peninsular Malaysia was recruited, and the descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, and Seemingly Unrelated Regressions (SUR) were employed. The results reveal that about 25 percent of households are not likely to make any changes in their savings profile in various financial and physical assets. The drivers of future saving are found to be socio-demographic parameters, such as age, education level, the number of working members in the household, and income, and other parameters, such as the percentage of income saved, and the period of the saving plan, which have a significant relationship with the change in future savings of the households. The policy implications of the findings are also presented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Future saving; seemingly unrelated regressions; bank customers.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: School of Economics, Finance & Banking
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2021 01:46
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 01:46
URI: https://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/28180

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