Saving for Multiple Financial Needs: Evidence from Malawi

Aggarwal, S and Brailovskaya, V and Robinson, J (2018) Saving for Multiple Financial Needs: Evidence from Malawi. Working Paper. The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We test whether multiple labeled savings accounts affects savings decisions and downstream outcomes in a field experiment with 481 entrepreneurs in urban Malawi. Treatment respondents received either one or multiple accounts, while a control group received nothing. Multiple accounts increased savings in treatment accounts by about 30%. Savings accounts had sizeable effects on a number of outcomes, including labor supply, farming decisions, household expenditures, land purchases, credit extended to customers, and interpersonal transfers. However, we find no evidence that multiple accounts had larger downstream effects than single accounts.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: savings, liquidity, labeling, mental accounting, lockboxes, goal-setting
Subjects: Economics
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 13:43
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 13:43
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/883
Publisher URL: http://ibread.org/bread/working/552
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