Consumers all over the world resist saving money. Economists Sue Lewis of the UK Treasury and Flore-Anne Messy of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, delve into why people won’t save and what governments can do to change this habit. By digging into surveys and literature, the authors learned how the 2008 financial crisis affected consumers, why some people are more motivated to save and why most people aren’t saving enough. The authors examine changes in financial products and show how technology is both an impediment to and an enabler of savings. This paper is accessible enough for anyone who wants to understand the public’s financial behavior – so some conclusions may seem obvious to financial insiders – but nonetheless, it is technically developed and in-depth enough to satisfy the cognoscenti. getAbstract recommends this insightful overview to economists, policymakers and those whose work demands that they be sensitive to consumer behavior.
About the Authors
Sue Lewis is head of savings and investments in the UK Treasury and Flore-Anne Messy is an administrator in the OECD’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise.
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