The OEE's Objectives
Members of the OEE believe it's important to further our understanding of savings, particularly with regard to the harmonisation of the concepts and procedures applied within individual countries. Such a focus is currently considered to be crucial since the influence the structure of savings has on the financing of economic growth is now widely recognised.
The OEE's overall objective is to provide the necessary tools for compiling and interpreting savings data from different countries, in addition to understanding the factors that make-up country-specific savings structures, such as tax, the nature and localisation of intermediation and investment profitability.
The following themes are regularly studied by the OEE:
- Financial & property savings
- Stocks (asset holdings) and the flow of savings (savings in the strictest sense), from both gross (in particular, new loans and loan repayments) and net perspectives.
- Savings returns, in the form of both revenue (interest and dividends) and capital gains (realised and latent).
- Mandatory social and fiscal deductions on the revenue of savings and assets.
- Methods to finance investments, in particular, home-buying.
- Household savings and institutional or intermediary savings (including life insurance, pension funds and employee savings plans).
- The influence of savings structures on the financing of companies and economic growth.
How the OEE Works
The OEE annually launches a call for papers, whereby a number of research proposals are selected and then funded. Each year our Scientific Committee, presided by Christian Gollier, an emeritus professor at the University of Toulouse, meets in order to select the year's most compelling themes. The committee is comprised of economists, academics and practitioners. Completed studies are then presented at a conference that brings together researchers and practitioners of major financial institutions and authorities.
In 2011, in partnership with INSEAD, the OEE created INSEAD OEE Data Services (IODS), a company that offers researchers access to data on savings, companies, markets and investment products.