Do Savings Ma􀆩 er for Economic Growth? A Meta-Analysis

  • Chor Foon Tang Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Eu Chye Tan University of Malaya


In existing studies on causal relationships between savings and economic growth, the direction of causality remains unclear. This study surveyed empirical literature on the causal relationship between savings and economic growth from 1992 to 2014. A meta-analysis was performed on 214 sets of results extracted from 48 independent research articles published from 1992 to 2014 to examine the major factors for conflicting causality outcomes. These results were combined for analysis using a logistic regression model. The results revealed that model specification, the level of financial development, and the level of foreign capital inflows affect the savings-led growth (SLG) outcomes, while income level does not affect the outcomes. The Asian financial crisis was found to have reduced the likelihood of SLG.


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Author Biographies

Chor Foon Tang, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Eu Chye Tan, University of Malaya

Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya

How to Cite
TANG, Chor Foon; TAN, Eu Chye. Do Savings Ma􀆩 er for Economic Growth? A Meta-Analysis. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, [S.l.], v. 53, n. 1, p. 69-85, june 2016. ISSN 1511-4554. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 feb. 2020.